A little while ago, I tried something new, and I dyed some yarn. I couldn't have been happier with the results. Here's a link to the tutorial!
While I was dyeing, Aedyn kept asking me for a hat. All she wanted was a hat. All I wanted was a hat that worked from the bottom up. I had a vision in mind, I really wanted to have the dark on the bottom lightening up to a white pompom. Usually, with crochet, you start at the top of the hat. Short of unwinding and rewinding the ball, I didn't know how on earth I would accomplish it.
She couldn't have asked me for a warm hat at a better time. We have been hit with nearly 18 inches of snow in the past week and a half, and today is full on freezing rain. It's freezing on the windows, and my dog fell down the stairs trying to leave the house!
I tried to knit it on circular needles. I tried SOOO hard to knit her a hat. I had a really hard time with the circular needles I have because they are too long. I tried the magic loop and that was nearly impossible. I got frustrated. I put it away for a day or two.
I adore the look of this stitchI found this pattern from Jessica over at MamaInAStitch and fell in love with the stitch she used. As I read the pattern, I realized that her hat was worked from the bottom up! It was perfect! I made a few small adjustments to the hat, but I owe her all the credit! The ombre effect isn't too bad either!Jessica's hat is crochet with a bulky yarn, if that's what you're using, head over here to her blog for her directions! I doubled up my worsted wool yarn and crochet with 2 strands through the whole hat.
The fabric made with this crochet stitch doesn't have a lot of give to it, so make sure to test the fit after a couple of round of the crochet to make sure it fits! My hat is sized for my 6 year old, so be sure to adjust accordingly.
Yarn for the hat (1 skein). I doubled up Paton's Classic Wool in Winter White that I hand dyed - tutorial here
Yarn for the pompom, I used Bernat Roving in Rice Paper
9.00 mm crochet hook
Let's get started:
Chain 48, slip stitch the last to join.
Single crochet in all the chains (48)
Single crochet in first stitch, chain, and skip a stitch. *Single crochet, chain, skip* until the hat reaches the right height - 17 rounds for me.
Start the decrease:
*Single crochet, chain, skip, single crochet, chain skip, single crochet 2 together, chain, skip* repeat until only 5 loops remain, then single crochet all together.
Make a pompom, and using the tails of the pompom and a tapestry needle, sew the pom onto the hat.
Weave all ends in and stay warm!