Crochet slouchy beret hat with instructions

This hat is made like a beret but has a more slouchy look because of the softness of the piece. It is made in wool yarn using mainly double crochet in the back loop starting at the top.

 

How to make the hat

Prior knowledge required: magic ring, chains, slip stitch, single crochet, single crochet in back loop, double crochet in back loop, 2 double crochet together

The hat i s made in the round starting at the top. Each round starts with 2 chains that do not count as a double crochet but is merely used to get to the right level to start the next round of double crochet.

Be careful when you start and finish the rounds that you don’t make a stitch both in the first double crochet of the previous round and in the slip stitch that closed the previous round. The first double crochet in a round and the slip stitch that closes the same round counts as the same stitch; the slip stitch replaces the double crochet in regards to what stitch to put the hook through when you crochet the next round. Maybe looking at the diagram makes this more clear (Coming soon!). If you are uncertain, count the stitches between the increases (first part of the hat) and the decreases (second part of the hat). The “seam” that shows where the rounds are closed looks like this when you do it this way:

There are of course other ways to start and finish the rounds. Use the way you feel comfortable with. Just make sure that there is an increase of 12 stitches each round.

 

Start crocheting – Increasing part

Make a magic ring

After every round the number of stitches there should be are shown in the parentheses.

Round 1: Chain 2, 12 double crochet in the magic ring, slip stitch in the first double crochet made (12)

Round 2: Chain 2, *2 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet, repeat from * 10 times, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next slip stitch, slip stitch in first double crochet of the round (24)

Round 3: Chain 2, *1 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet, repeat from * 10 times, 1 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next slip stitch, slip stitch in first double crochet of the round (36)

Round 4: Chain 2, *1 double crochet in back loop only in next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet, repeat from * 10 times, 1 double crochet in back loop only in next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next slip stitch, slip stitch in first double crochet of the round (48)

Round 5: Chain 2, *1 double crochet in back loop only in next 3 double crochet, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet, repeat from * 10 times, 1 double crochet in back loop only in next 3 double crochet, 2 double crochet in back loop only in next slip stitch, slip stitch in first double crochet of the round (60)

Continue to crochet according to the pattern above; each round there will be one more double crochet between the increases. When the piece measures about 27 centimeters (10.6 inches) in diameter make one round of 1 double crochet in back loop only in each double crochet. So one round without any increasing or decreasing. If you want a slouchier look you can make more rounds of no increase or decrease. If you want a bigger, more “puffy” hat you can continue to increase more rounds before you make the round/-s with only one double crochet in each double crochet.

 

Decrease

Then it is time to decrease 12 stitches each round according to the same pattern as above; instead of 2 double crochet in back loop only in next double crochet you will make 2 double crochet together in back loop only in next 2 double crochet (two stitches from the last round will become one in the round you are making). This will emerge in there being 1 double crochet less between the decreases each round.

Continue the decreasing until the diameter of the hole that the last round of stitches encircles measures about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches). It should be a little bit bigger than your head.

 

Elastic border

The border is made separately using single crochet in back loop only which makes the piece slightly elastic. The border is not made in the round but by turning the piece every round. If you want a wider border, start with a longer chain of chains. Turning chain does not count as a stitch.

Chain 5

Row 1: 1 single crochet in second chain from hook, 1 single crochet in next 4 chains (5)

Row 2:  Turn entire piece. 1 chain, 1 single crochet in back loop only in each single crochet (5)

Repeat row 2 until the border has the desired length. It should be comfortable around the head but tight enough to hold the hat in the right place. It is not necessary that the border has the same length as the hole of the hat, the hat should even be a bit wider. This will even up when you attach the border to the hat.  

 

Attaching the border to the hat

Now it is time to attach the border to the hat. Here’s how I did it:

Before you start, count all the rows of the border and all the double crochet stitches of the last round of the hat and read the entire instructions.

The border is attached to the hat using slip stitches. Put the right side of the border and the right side of the hat together and crochet clockwise from the inside (the wrong side) with the border in the front (closes to you). Make slip stitches that go through the same side of each row of the border and in front loop only of each double crochet of the last round in the hat. Note that it is the front loop of the double crochet since you are doing the slip stitches from the inside. When you look at the hat from the right side the slip stitches are made in the back loops but do not show. Like this, from the right side:

And from the inside:

If the numbers you counted are the same do one slip stitch in the side of every row of the border and in the front loop of a double crochet of the last round of the hat together and repeat this all the way around.

If the number of rows in the border is higher than the number of the double crochet in the last round of the hat you need to compensate this this when “slip stitching” the pieces together by making decreases only in the border the same number of times as the difference between the two numbers, equally distributed around the border. A decrease can be made by simply skipping one stitch in the border or by putting the hook through two rows of the side before putting the hook through the front loop of the next double crochet of the last round of the hat and then pulling the yarn through all three stitches.

If the number of double crochet in the last round of the hat is higher than the number of rows in the border you need to compensate this when “slip stitching” the pieces together by making decreases only in the hat the same number of times as the difference between the two numbers equally distributed around the hat. A decrease can be made by simply skipping one stitch in the hat or by putting the hook through two double crochet after putting the hook through the side of a row of the border and then pulling the yarn through all three stitches.

 

Making the pom pom

If you want you can add a pom pom at the top of the hat. There are lots of great instructions on how to make them online but here´s a quick one on how I did them:

The pom pom on the yellow hat is made using two rings of cardboard with a diameter of about 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) and the diameter of the hole about 4 centimeters (1.6 inches). Put the rings together and wrap the yarn through the holes and around the rings until there isn’t room for more yarn. Cut the winded yarn between the two rings of paper. Take a new piece of yarn and put it in between the rings of paper two turns and tie the ends together hard around the sheaf of yarn. Do not cut the ends. Cut the pom pom to a round shape (but be careful so that you do not cut the ends from the tieing). Use the ends to attach the pom pom to the hat; use a needle or a crochet hook to pull the end through the top of the hat, not at the exactly the same place but close to each other and tie them together on the inside. Weave in the ends in the inside of the hat.

The pom pom on the blue hat below is made using a big fork (for cooking). Wrap the yarn around the fork and cut the yarn. Take a new piece of yarn and put it around the wrapped yarn two turns in in the middle gap of the fork and tie the ends tight together. Then cut the yarn in the sheaf open. The rest is like above (making a round shape and attaching to the hat). 

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