What do you get when you combine basic crochet stitches worked in a unique way? Why this Winter Walk Crochet Cap, of course!
Once in awhile I run across a pattern, fall in love with, and think “this must be hard”. But then..I go for it, read it, and discover it’s one of those little crochet gems that looks amazing but is actually just easy stitches, cleverly done.
It kind of makes me feel like I won the crochet lottery…and in my mind’s eye, I see the recipient wearing the hat as the crowd goes wild, all while I am in the background with a quiet, pleased look on my face..because I know.. I KNOW it really wan’t that hard to work at all!
My friends, THIS is that kind of hat. Basic crochet stitches. The toughest to work might be the last row of reverse single crochet (also known as the crab stitch) and I have a tutorial right here to help you with that. The secret sauce to this pattern is HOW all those stitches are worked.
Some rows you work in a continuous round without joining at the end of the round. Other rows you join and chain. And still others, you join, chain and then turn to proceed with the wrong side of the work facing you. This is a pattern that requires you to pay attention. Maybe take a pause at each row to make sure you understand how that row ends and the next one begins.
But all that little bit of careful attention is 100% worth it because this crochet cap is sure to become a favorite. I gifted mine to my son and the next day got a text that he was wearing his new crochet cap and my daughter in law was wearing her Michigan Mountain Ear Warmer to walk their dogs! I don’t know about you, but any time someone who doesn’t live with me, reports in to say they are wearing or using what I crochet lets me know that I hit the crochet jackpot: I made something that is truly loved and will be worn. And that makes me very happy indeed.
Winter Walk Crochet Cap
Here is what you will need:
- US H 8/5 mm crochet hook (these are my absolute favorite hooks I recommend to everyone!)
- Worsted weight yarn (Sample used Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice) 2 oz Black, 1.25 oz Gray, 1 oz White
- Tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials. I really like to use the invisible seamless join when finishing pieces that get sewn together.
Fits an adult size head that is 21″ – 23″ around. Finished hat is approximately 21″ around and 8.5″ tall.
Overview: This crochet cap gets it’s unique texture by work some rows in continuous rounds while other rows are joined with a slip stitch. On some rows, you turn after this step to work on the wrong side. Take care while working the pattern to correctly follow the end and beginnings of each row.
With black yarn, make a magic ring
R1: 8 hdc into ring (8 sts). Work in rounds
R2: 2 hdc in each st. (16 st)
R3: 2 hdc in each st. (32 st)
R4: *hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around (40 st)
R5: *hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around (48 st) At end of round, sl st to next st, changing to white.
Note: The rest of the hat is worked in joined rounds. Note that the gray and white striped sections are worked in joined rows, turning to work the white stitches on the wrong side of the hat (so they pop out on the right side). The other rows are joined but NOT turned.
The easiest way to remember this is that the rows with the white stitches are worked with the wrong side facing you. The other rows are joined and continue to work in the same direction with the right side of the work facing.
R6: With white, turn work (note: this round is worked on the wrong side of the hat). Ch1, *slip st in next st, dc in next. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in starting ch 1, changing to gray in last stitch.
R7: With Gray, turn work, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), *hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of 1st hdc, changing to white in last stitch. (56 st)
R8: repeat row 6
R9: With Gray, turn work, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), *hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of 1st hdc, changing to white in last stitch. (64 st)
R10: Repeat row 6, changing to black in the last stitch.
R11: With Black, turn work, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), *hdc in next 7 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of 1st hdc. (72 st)
R12-15: Continuing with black on the right side of work, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), hdc around. join with sl st to top of 1st hdc. (72 st) At end of 15th round, change to white in last stitch.
R16: Repeat row 6, changing to gray in the last stitch.
R17: With gray, turn, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), hdc around, join with sl st to top of 1st hdc. Change to white in the last stitch(72 st)
R18: Repeat row 6
R19: Repeat row 17
R20: Repeat row 6. Change to black in the last stitch
R21: With black, turn, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), hdc around. join with sl st to top of 1st hdc. (72 st)
R22-25: With black, ch 2 (doesn’t count as 1st st), hdc around. join with sl st to top of 1st hdc. (72 st) At end of round 25, join gray in last stitch.
R26: With Gray, ch 1, reverse single crochet around (72). Fasten off and weave in all ends.
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I hope you enjoy making your Winter Walk Crochet Cap as much as I did! And maybe, just maybe, yours might make it on a winter walk like mine did!
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