25 October 2011

Fall Blaze Hat

Tiki and Friend

I designed this hat using a yarn colorway called Tiki the first week of April, but the mathematical aspect was more of a challenge than I could compute while bicycle-brained. We had a 16-hour round trip drive to Durango at the end of September, and I needed to finish a WIP (work in progress) for brig points during the Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps fall break. So I took along the hat, a skein of hummingbird-colored yarn and my pattern notes to work on in the car.

I got zero crocheting done the first six hours of the drive because I couldn't peel my eyes from the gorgeous golden autumn leaves. I filled a memory card taking pictures about every 15 minutes or so. "Oh, can we stop here?" "Please, let's stop again!" "That's spectacular! Can we please stop one more time?" "Oh, look! Oh, we HAVE to stop here!"

This put us in danger of missing our Fall Blaze packet pickup, so The Lizard directed me to crochet and not look at the leaves from Ouray to Durango, the most scenic part of our drive.

I finished the hat that night in our hotel room and then cleaned up the pattern so I could photographically turn the project in for my Ravelry points, then rode 47 miles the following day to benefit the Fort Lewis College Skyhawk cycling team. My ride included 20 seconds alongside 4th place USA Pro Cycling Challenge (Tour of Colorado) finisher Tom Danielson! After a good night's rest, The Lizard and I hit the road again, and I shot a ton more pictures between Durango and Ouray, filling another memory card. I didn't miss out after all!

When I first designed the hat, I was going to name it Tiki after the colorway. That name didn't fit the second hat in peacock blue, pink, emerald and violet, and I wasn't too enthusiastic about naming the hat Hummingbird. I like naming my designs after places I've been and want to go, so I tossed around a few ideas before seeking a second opinion. Because the pattern was finalized during our mini vacation, I asked The Lizard if I should name the hat Durango, Animas (the river flowing into Durango) or Fall Blaze. The Lizard really took to Fall Blaze. I decided it would be cool to make a third hat in autumn leaf colors before publishing the pattern.

Hummingbird

Back home, a skein of Online Supersocke was the closest thing I had to fall hues. We do not have many pink leaves in Colorado, but October also is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so pink and shades of quaking aspens go hand in hand this time of year. And this is one of the coolest colorways I own. Definitely Fall Blaze!

The stitch used in this pattern coordinates with Cowlin' Around, Susie Socks and Spring Stripes fingerless gloves.

You may do whatever you'd like with hats you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

fall blaze

Fall Blaze Hat

Materials: 1 50-gram ball of self-striping sock yarn (I used Felici in Tiki colorway for the first hat, Felici in Hummingbird colorway for the second hat and Online Wellness II in 1202 colorway for the third hat) and, if desired, a small amount of solid sock yarn in a coordinating color for knitted ribbed edge (I used Palette in Conch colorway for the Tiki hat), size 3 dpns, size B crochet hook. NOTE: 1 50-gram ball of sock yarn is sufficient for one hat and same-color knitted ribbed edge. Using a solid color for the knitted edge leaves enough of the self-striping yarn to make a pair of matching fingerless gloves.

NOTE: This pattern now includes three crocheted edging options for non-knitters.

Finished Size: 8 inches from top to bottom, 11.5 inches across widest point, folded in half
Gauge: 14 dc=2 inches or 5 cms; 6 dc rows=2 inches or 5 cms
Pattern is worked in multiples of 8 stitches.

Instructions

This project is worked in the round and has no seam.

Using crochet hook and main color, ch 4 or make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as dc on this round), 12 dc in ring, sl st across starting ch 2 into 1st dc. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), *1 dc in next st, ch 2; repeat from * around for a total of 12 dc; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last dc of final repeat, for a total of 6 ch/2 points.

Round 4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), *1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same dc, ch 3; repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch of Round 3 instead of last 2 dc of final repeat; ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6 for a total of 18 ch 3 spaces.

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in starting ch 6 sp of Round 4, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in same sc, ch 1, *1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in same sc, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4; total of 42 dc.

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st around for a total of 84 dc; st st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. (OR, Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch 1 sp, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp and in each ch 1 sp around for a total of 84 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.)

Round 7: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around, increasing 6 dc and 6 ch 1 spaces evenly spaced around for a total of 48 dc and 48 ch 1 sp; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around for a total of 12 ch/2 points, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last dc on final repeat.

Round 9: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), *1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same dc, ch 3; repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc in final sl st of Round 8, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6 instead of last dc/ch3 of final repeat for a total of 36 ch 3 spaces.
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Round 10: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [1dc, ch 1] in each ch 3 sp and in each dc and in each sc around, increasing 18 dc and 18 ch 1 spaces evenly spaced around for a total of 84 dc and 84 ch 1 sp; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4.

Round 11: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st around for a total of 168 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. (OR, Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch 1 sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around for a total of 168 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.)

Round 12: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 84 dc; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4.
Round 13: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk 1 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around for a total of 21 ch/2 tips, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last dc of final repeat.

Round 14: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), *1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next 3/dc group, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3; repeat from * around for a total of 42 ch/3 sp, ending with sl st in 3rdnd ch of starting ch 6 instead of last dc of final repeat.

Round 15: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 84 dc, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4 instead of last dc on final repeat.

Round 16: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st around for a total of 168 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. (OR, Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch 1 sp, 2 dc in each ch 1 sp around for a total of 168 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.)

Round 17: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around for a total of 84 dc; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4.
Rounds 18-22: Repeat Rounds 13-16; change to coordinating color if using a solid color for knitted edge.

Round 23: With knitting needles, pick up 1 st in each st around, skipping every 7th stitch (pick up 6 stitches, skip one stitch) for a total of 144 loops on needles.

Rounds 24-35: *K 2, p 2; repeat from * around.

Round 36: Bind off; weave in ends. Wear and stay pleasantly warm!

sunburst

Hummingbird and Friend

UPDATE: Many non-knitters have requested a crocheted edge, so I’ve worked up three options. Instructions follow below.

Rolled-brim hat or tuque

Roll-up Brim (Tuque)

This is the warmest option but also requires the most yarn. If you are using a 50-gram skein or hank of yarn, you probably won’t have enough left over to make fingerless gloves, too.

Rounds 23-32: Turn and work from inside of hat. (I did not do this in the sample shown because I didn’t think of it until I finished and realized it would look better that way.) Repeat Rounds 13-16 twice (or 3 times for a wider brim).

Round 33: *1 sc in each of next 7 st, sk next st; repeat from * around; sl st in starting sc.
Round 34: 1 sc in each st around; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends. Fold up about 2 inches of rim of hat twice.

crocheted rib edging

Crocheted Rib Brim

I did not finish making this edging because I don’t like crocheted ribs. I’ve included this option, however, because it is a popular stitch among non-knitters. An excellent front post double crochet tutorial is available here.

After Round 22, ch 8. Turn
Row 1: With inside of hat facing you, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 4 ch, yo and draw up loop through final ch, insert hook into next hat body dc (go in through right side of hat) and pull up loop, draw through 2 loops on hook, insert hook into next hat body dc (go in through right side of hat) and pull up loop, draw through 2 loops on hook (1 joining dc made); sl st in next hat body dc (go in through right side of hat), turn, sl st in next hat hody dc (go in through inside of hat). These 2 sl st count as the ch 2 beginning of the next row you would be making if you weren’t attaching the rim to the hat as you go.

Don't forget to do the first stitch on each row.

Bring up loop through next hat dc.

Bring up next loop through next hat dc.

Sl st in next hat dc.

Sl st in next had dc from inside.

Fpdc in joining dc just made.

Row 2: Fpdc across; do not forget to do the first and last st so you will have a total of 6 dc when done. Ch 2; turn.

To make fpdc, insert hook under next stitch and back up.

To make joining fpdc, bring up loop through next hat dc.

Row 3: Fpdc across the first 5 st (don’t forget to do the first st), yo, draw up loop from beneath post of final dc, insert hook into next hat body dc (go in through right side of hat) and pull up loop, draw through 2 loops on hook, insert hook into next hat body dc (go in through right side of hat) and pull up loop; draw through 2 loops on hook (1 joining fpdc made); sl st in next hat body dc (go in through right side of hat), turn, sl st in next hat body dc (go in through inside of hat).

crocheted rib edging

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 all the way around, joining Row 1 to final Row by pulling 2nd dc loop through corresponding stitches on Row 1 and bind off; weave in ends; OR work final Row normal, bind off leaving a long tail. Use tail to sew up ribbing. Weave in ends.

Cloche Edging

Cloche Brim

This is my favorite of the crocheted edgings.

Round 23: Repeat Round 17, increasing 8 dc evenly spaced around for a total of 92 dc.

Round 24: Repeat Round 13 for a total of 23 ch 2 points. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Knitted Rib Edging

Of course, I still think the knitted rim is the best!

26 comments:

  1. Lovely as ever, and how cute with the small teady bear...very kid friendly! Your last fall harvest hat, looks a lot like what my mother made for my daughter...my mom, (she was the best) actually knitted lots of pants and sweaters and hats and dresses you name it for my most beloved Barbie Doll! (My mother only knitted!) Really, I still have my one and only Barbie (my grandmother gave her to me) Ken got lost along the way, but I just bought one in antique store, just for Barbie!

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  2. I thought I liked the first colourway best, but that last one is an absolute knockout! It's gorgeous and the name suits it perfectly. (I agonize over pattern names too.)

    Congrats on conquering the math. A simple hat is, well, simple. But when you throw in spaces and shells it becomes much more complex - especially for those of us who are language-minded and not math-minded.

    I don't know how you get so much done. You must be a Type AAA personality! I tend to set the bar very low for myself. That way I don't get too disappointed. :)

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  3. I couldn't do it!!! Durango is sooo lovely! I just discovered this place, on the drive from New Mexico to UT (I'm riding horses down.) If I'd have seen Durango before Park City I'd be living there. Love your hats, too. Especially that cutie pie bear.

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  4. The hat is so very pretty. Combining crochet and knitting. Gosh, you are amazing (as always).

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  5. this is so beautiful! i love your blog- and am amazed that you could come up with some many different, unique snowflakes, and now such beautiful hats. your blog has become one of my favorites! thank you for always being so kind in sharing your patterns. :)

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  6. Hello! I was searching for a new winter hat to crochet and absolutely love your vibrantly-coloured first hat. I have one wee bit of a problem, I cannot knit! Is there a way to crochet the knitted rows? I live in Germany and everyone around me knits ,but how to translate what I need? God bless you and keep up the good work!

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  7. Hi, Joelle

    I've had many people email and contact me through Ravelry asking for the same thing, so I'm going to try to work up a new hat this week with a crocheted rim, and I'll update the pattern. I've got three ideas that may work for non-knitters...

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  8. I am having a problem with round 10, I can't get 84 dcs and 84 ch sps no matter what I do. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but I really want to make this hat! Please help!

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  9. Hi, Cro-Shay-Inator (and what a cool name!)

    Sorry to take so long to respond; some days I get very limited personal computer time.

    If you have a multiple of 4 dcs, it will work. I counted the 10th round on the hats I have here with me, and two of them are 80 dcs and 80 ch spaces. And they still fit just fine. Not knowing where the counting is off, please don't stress about it too much. It's supposed to be fun, not brain taxing! :)

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  10. I'm struggling to figure out how to do the crochet brim. I can't seem to get the stiches that read right side and inside of the hat. I know what side is what, just can't figure how to hold my work. I've studied the pics but I'm at a loss, help, I want to finish this hat. I need more practice in knitting otherwise I would have knitted the brim.
    Thanks in advance, if you can help straighten this out for me! Cyn

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  11. Hi, Cyn

    I found some single crochet ribbing tutorials on YouTube. This is worked the same way, but I used double crochet instead of single crochet for more stretchiness. They also work through the loop on the back of the stitch instead of going around the post. I don't know if that will be as stretchy because I've never used that technique. Also, there is another form of crochet rib worked horizontally instead of vertically, which might be easier. I don't think that method is as stretchy, but it would allow you to continue working in the round instead of the way I've shown by vertical rows.

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  12. Sorry; I hit publish before I included the links! Crochet by Teresa is the most clear, I think. (She provides some of the best video crochet tutorials on the web.) Here's a similar one calling it the camel stitch with some fingernails to really distract you. And Mikey has done one with horizontal ribbing. He has many helpful crochet tutorials, too. If none of these help, I can try to have The Lizard film my hands, but it will take a while because I can't upload video from home. Too slow an internet connection...

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  13. Thank you so much I will take a look, I love this hat and cant wait to finish it. If I have anymor issues I will be sure to hit you up for advice. I would love to finish this with knitting but I am just now trying to teach myself to knit, but I will keep this pattern for the future when I have mastered the double needle monster!(aka:knitting) Thanks again, CYN

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  14. I am so glad I stumbled across your website. The stories are heart touching. I am less than two weeks out from having a double mastectomy... My mother passed away last year after her battle with cancer and cardiac issues. The has is a great idea.. I am definatly going to get/give quite a bit from your website as well as pass it on to my friends and family... thank you ... Beth DiGiuseppe

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, and best of wishes in your treatment and recovery. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your mother. May you gain strength from her battle.

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  15. here i am for the first time and this one is probably the most beautiful and exciting pattern for a hat that i ve ever seen..thank you so much for this tutorial!!!have a lovely day!:)zs

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    1. Thank you, ZS, and welcome!

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    2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pattern...I will try making it....

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    3. Thanks, Anonymous, and good luck with it! I sure enjoy the heck out of mine!

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  16. ouch...i'm probably too late to this party to get any advice, but how do i end row 4 with a dc in the third ch of row 3 when row 3 began with 2 ch? how do i end row 4 at all? this is my 4th crocheted piece and i would hate to abandon it because i've begun countless projects and had to shred them all.

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    1. Never too late, Shephaestus, but sometimes it takes me a while to respond because I have slow dial-up at home.

      Please don't give up on crochet! There are frustrating times, even when the process is old hat, and sometimes you just have to pull away for a while and then go back to it while you are fresh. You won't be sorry if you keep trying and make it work!

      I just tried reading the instructions and looking at the photo, but I am unable to figure it out without a crochet hook in my hand. It does look like if written correctly, that should be dc into 2nd ch instead of 3rd (GOOD catch if that is the problem, and I will get it fixed if that is the problem, thanks to you), but I got lost in my head after that trying to figure out where the next stitch goes. So I will see if I can try this part again tonight and fix the pattern and have an answer for you either tonight or tomorrow. But please forgive me if I am slow in accomplishing what I set forth to do. I get slammed sometimes and can't always crochet when I want to, darn it!

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    2. Okay, Shephaestus, I've got the project in my hands now, and I hope I'm able to write you through this.

      Dc into the same ch (2nd ch, as you pointed out) as the sl st that ended Round 3. What you are doing is making the final V-stitch, which will match the other 5 V-stitches in the round. Pretend that starting ch 2 is a dc; you're making another dc into the same st where the pretend dc originates. Then ch 3 and sl st into the 3rd ch of the starting ch 6 to finish Round 4.

      You have picked a somewhat complicated pattern, but if you hang in there, you will love this hat. Everyone I've made one for just loves it. You'll also be very proud that you did something complicated for your first finished crocheted project!

      You can do it! Don't give up!

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  17. thank you so, so, SO much! i really am thrilled thus far--i gave up on the GORGEOUS hippocampus mittens because i have too many simple projects i want to work on (faster, not always easier) and didn't quite get the hang of using the Magic Loop (cabled needle method)...and i think i may have crocheted the first row wrong (it isn't as tall as yours), but i did it using the correct stitch, and it still LOOKS wonderful.

    so i'm using a fingering? in hot pink through dusty rose through dusty aqua through cream through orchid through lavender (that was for the seahorses...the background black-teal-hunter green didn't come off the needles until last night). so far it's a wonky work-up because the colors aren't striping long but chunking, but it's absolutely gorgeous already!

    i really am in love with your pattern and am glad i have it to play with. i think i'll try a new version in tandem using an F hook and a worsted-weight yarn for slouch. thanks SO much--i wasn't sure whether to proceed with ch2 in row 3 or ch3 in row 4, and i'm so new i choke on insecurity.

    MWAH and i'm so choosy because i feel that crochet is often ugly/looks the same, so this is really exciting for me. i'll post a pic if possible when i'm further along. the star doesn't seem as crisp but either it isn't yet blocked, i'm not doing this exactly well or your yarn's striping scheme lends itself perfectly to your pattern.

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    1. Your colors sound fabulous! Would love to see a photo when you get done!

      Don't let insecurity get to you. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally made 7-point snowflakes. :) Just keep going; pull away for a while when you have to, and return to it refreshed. It's worth it in the end, and it stimulates self-confidence.

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