Doily Head Hats
Doily Head Hats
I noticed that one of the popular spinning magazines recently had an article on blending wool at the wheel. Well, for years, I have done this, but in my case it was called, “too lazy to go downstairs and use the drum carder!” I like to use natural colored wool, and a bright colored wool at the same time. I don’t blend much, I allow a little dab or speck of the colored wool to go through the orifice randomly along with the naturally colored wool. I hold both colors in my left hand and manipulate the wool with that hand. The right hand I use to control the twist and amount of wool allowed into the wheel. I generally use two plies, but only one ply would need to be two-toned. I crochet hats using a vintage doily for inspiration. I have pictures for you to view and a pattern for one of the hats. As you see, I used buttons and trim for embellishments. One of my trademarks I use is to single crochet at least once around the crochet posts of the last row so the hat will have more stability and not pull out of shape.
Doily Head Hat Pattern
Crochet Hook: Size e crochet hook, or size best suited for you.
Yarn: 130 yards of sport weight yarn. Mine is approx 15 WPI. I made this hat 3 times, twice with home spun yarn and once with Noro Maiko yarn which is 35% wool, 30% kid mohair, and 35% silk.
Embellishments: (Optional) button, pin, or millinery flower arrangement for the side, approximately 32 inches of velvet ribbon for weaving in and out of the stitches along the lower row of the hat, and 22 inches of 7/8” grosgrain ribbon for finishing the bottom inside of the hat.
Gage: The gage is 4.75 stitches to the inch.
Begin at top center: Chain 6 stitches and join in a circle.
Row 1: Chain 2 and make 19 half-double stitch in the circle.
Row 2: Chain 2 and make a half-double stitch at the base of this chain 2. Make 2 half-double stitches in each of the 19 stitches from the first row.
Row 3: Chain 6 stitches and make a single crochet stitch between the 5th and 6th stitch of the previous row. Chain 5 stitches and make a single crochet stitch between the 10th and the 11th stitch of the previous row. Continue chaining 5stitches and making a single crochet stitch after every 5 stitches throughout this row.
Row 4: Sip stitch one stitch into the first loop made in the previous row from the chain stitches. Then chain 2 stitches followed by 7 half-double stitches into each loop made from the chain stitches in the previous row. Continue to make 8 half-double stitches in each loop. This would make 64 stitches. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 stitches at the beginning of the row.
Row 5: Slip stitch through the top loops of the next 3 stitches. You should be at the center of a loop. Chain 7 stitches and attach this chain at the center of the next loop, between the 8th and 9th stitch. Chain 6 stitches and join at the center of the next loop, between the 16th and 17th stitch. Continue until you have made it around the circle with chains. Slip stitch into the top of the next first chain 2 stitch.
Row 6: Chain 2 stitches and make 9 half-double stitches in the loop. Make 10 half-double stitches in the following 8 loops. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 2 stitch.
Row 7: Slip stitch into the top of the next 4 stitches. You should be at the center of a loop. Chain 9 stitches and attach this chain at the center of the next loop, between the 10th and the 11th stitch. Chain 8 stitches and attach the chain at the center of the next loop, between the 20th and 21st stitch. Continue around the top of the hat in this same way, to complete the circle.
Slip stitch into the first chain.
Row 8: Chain 2 stitches and make 11 half-double stitches in the loop. Make 12 half-double stitches in each of the following loops. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 2 stitch. There should be 96 stitches.
Row 9 through Row 22: Chain 2 stitches, half-double crochet into each of the following stitches throughout the row. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 2 stitches.
Row 23: Single crochet through the stems of each of the half-double crochet stitches in the last row. Slip stitch into the first stitch of the row.
Row 24: Repeat row 23. Fasten off all loose ends. Embellish as desired.
I placed a grosgrain ribbon around the bottom on the inside of the hat. This was just to give it a little finished look. The ribbon has to be gathered when it is sewn in, or it will not stretch with the fiber. My millinery flowers are put on with a pin, so they are removable when you wash the hat.
I hope you enjoy this pattern and if you find any mistake or unclear instructions, please let me know.
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