I am the weirdo who crochets in the waiting room. I have very little patience for situations where I have to just sit there and, well... wait! I need something to pass the time and feel like I am still being productive. It is part of my wiring, I guess. Not that I don't waste a lot of time on my own, but when I am wasting my time just waiting- that bothers me! I prefer to have a project started that I can take with me. It can be crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, or even just reading a book like a normal person. Once, I even did some hand quilting in a particularly slow bank drive through line. See? Weirdo. Lately, I will throw some yarn and crochet hooks in my purse and take them along to the dentist, etc. I have a lot of little balls of yarn that I am trying to use up so I made some crochet hats for my daughters' American girl dolls. They are really fast, easy projects. Actually, last week I had so much waiting room time that I actually ran out of yarn! (Don't worry. I have more in storage.)
Anyway, it was a good opportunity to perfect my pattern and share it here on the blog. So, without further ado...
Easy Crochet Doll Hat Pattern
sc= single crochet hdc= half double crochet sl st= slip stitch ch= chain
I used Charisma and Country Loom yarn from Michaels and a size K hook. Using a bulky yarn makes this a really fast project. Now, the size works out perfectly for me, but, remember, everyone has different tension and technique so it may vary. I kept my tension pretty tight for this hat.
Round 1: Make a magic loop/ring (Google it- it is awesome!) and ch 1, 6 sc in loop. Sl st in the ch and pull yarn end to tighten. (7 sc) [*Note: It is important to do sc in this round and hdc in the remaining rounds.]
Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st as joining, 2 hdc in each sc around, join with sl st to second ch in beginning ch 2. (14 hdc)
Round 3: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st as joining, *hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, repeat from * around, join with sl st to second ch in beginning ch 2. (21 hdc)
Round 4: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st as joining, *hdc in next hdc, hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, repeat from * around, join with sl st to second ch in beginning ch 2. (28 hdc)
Round 5-9: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st to second ch in beginning ch 2. (28 hdc)
Round 10: Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st to second ch in beginning ch 2. Fasten off. (28 hdc)
For the pom pom ball on top- wrap yarn around two fingers about 50-75 times. Tightly tie a 12" piece of yarn around the center of the wrapped yarn (between the two fingers). Cut the centers of the loops on each side of the center knot. Fluff well. :) Take the long ends of the yarn used to tie the pom pom loops and insert one on each side of the hat between the first and second rounds. Knot these strings on the inside of the hat. This should be done very firmly and carefully and may not be suitable for small children to play with in case the pom pom would come loose.
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