I don’t want to get too political here on my blog. I’m sure there are better qualified blog writers for that. I’m not really a burn your bra type either but I am still incensed when I hear about sexist treatment of women. When I first moved North I was flabbergasted to find that a segregated pub still existed in the village I had chosen to live. A friend and I entered through the front door only to be greeted by a choice of bare wooden floor boards, long bench and a row of old men with flat caps on or the carpeted other half where all the women were seated. Needless to say there didn’t seem much point in us staying. He thought it was extremely funny and I thought I had entered the dark ages.
There are plenty of articles about the pussyhat march on the internet if you haven’t already heard about it. There’s a whole load of pink knitting and crocheting going on which can only be a good thing. All bar the pink that is. Ugh. I really loathe pink. E and I chatted about it and decided we’d prefer grey pussyhats.
I looked at various patterns, both knit and crochet, examined my ‘chunky box’ for suitable yarn, then decided to make a hat the way I know best which is usually foolproof; side to side. I also thought it was about time I found a new app so that I can annotate my photo’s. I found Skitch. I can highly recommend it, it’s easy to use and free. My only complaint is that there is no choice of typeface, but since I’m not a graphic designer any more I figure I can live with that.
I prefer hats without turn ups so this pattern does not include one. The deep rib section is intentional; after googling images of pussyhats I decided I liked the deep rib look. If you’d like to make one here’s a rough guide:
You will need: 6mm hook, chunky yarn (I used 100g Rowan Cocoon), tapestry needle, long pins
Chain 35 (this should be approximately 9″, if your head is small you could probably afford to chain 30 to start, this will be the height of the hat from crown to bottom edge).
*Use a turning chain of 2 for all rows that start with half trebles and use a turning chain of 1 for all rows that begin with extended dc. These do not count as stitches.*
Decide how deep you would like your rib section. I settled on 15 stitches. Htr for 15 stitches then use extended dc to end.
The next row will start with ext dc so ch1 to turn and work ext dc until you reach the htr’s. It is now important to work in the back loop only of these and all future htr’s.
When working the ext dc’s crochet through the stitches as normal (not back loop).
Your work should begin to look like photo one. Continue until the piece wraps comfortably around your head. Adult hat sizes should work out at anywhere between 18″ and 22″ depending on which hat size chart you read!
There is an excellent tutorial for extended dc on Craftsy, it’s in American terms so it’s called extended single crochet:
It’s a little like making a treble but without the yarn over to start with.
When the hat is the desired width, fold in half, keep in place with the long pins and sew up the side and across the top. (It’s therefore easier if you finish at the end of a rib row). Weave ends in and turn right side out. A nice snug fit with no slouch will produce the best pointy ears, there’s no need to sew across these corners, the ears really do stick up by themselves!
With this method of construction it is easy to substitute chunky yarn for either Aran or superchunky by simply choosing an appropriate hook size for the yarn and aiming to produce a flat piece with the same dimensions. This is one of the things I like about crochet; your starting chain is never usually far off the width of the piece you want to create as long as you remember to add the turning chain.
Note to self; a selfie stick might just be a handy thing to own after all!
Shout if anything isn’t clear!