EASY DIY CROCHET HATS - 2 WAYS.in craft, crochet, diy
Are you looking for an easy crochet project for beginners? Yes, great, me too. I think these diy crocheted hats might be exactly we've been looking for. All you need to know is how to chain and single crochet. Easy, right?
I've always wanted to learn how to crochet properly. Before making these hats I'd only ever crocheted two things, a giant granny square baby blanket and a cowl that wasn't totally successful. The problem with only making these two things is that I only knew how to make these two things! I didn't know any of the basics, I had no idea how to read a pattern or even what a single crochet actually was so when I found what looked like a really easy and free pattern over on Lion Yarns website I didn't know where to start. Enter Craftsy.
Craftsy is an online community where you can take online classes, buy supplies and share your projects with other makers. They have something for everyone including sewing, quilting, cooking, paper crafts, jewellery making and a crochet class that takes you through the basics and beyond.
I've taken a few of their free classes before so I knew exactly where to look when I decided I wanted to know more about crochet. The class takes you through all the basic stitches, how to read a pattern, working in rows and the round as well as troubleshooting any mistakes you make along the way. My favourite thing about Craftsy has to be the app. It means you can access any classes anytime and anywhere. You get to learn at your own pace and can keep any classes you buy forever, perfect for when you want to re-watch and refresh your memory.
You can currently buy the crochet class here for £12.77 (around $20) and I think it's well worth it.
After going back and learning the basics here's how I made my easy diy crochet hats two different ways.
1. Start by making the initial chain. This will be the height of your hat. I used a size 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook and chained 40 as I wanted my hat to be slouchy.
2. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook and then into each chain.
3. Chain 1, turn and then single crochet into each stitch.
4. Repeat crocheting rows until you're happy with the length. I crocheted 75 rows which measured around 48 cm. The amount of rows you crochet will be the circumference of your hat, I found the best way to measure this was to tie some wool around my head and then use this as a guide.
Remember your crochet will have some give in it so make sure to take this into consideration.
5. Fasten off the end of your wool. You should now have a rectangle made up of rows of single crochet. Mine measured 32 cm by 48 cm.
6. Thread some wool onto a blunt needle and thread if through the end of the rows on one of the long sides of your rectangle. Pull the wool to gather the top and tie it tightly. You may need to sew the top to close the hole completely.
7. To finish the hat whip stitch the sides closed. Each hat used just under one 100g ball of wool.
And here's my finished slouchy crocheted hat.
For my second hat I wanted to try making a ribbed knitted effect I'd seen here. I made it in exactly the same way as the first hat except I crocheted into the back loop of each stitch only. You crochet the first row in exactly the same way as above but when it comes to all the other rows you crochet into the back loops only. It's the front loops sticking out that give it that ribbed effect.
Here's close-up of the ribbed crochet.
To finish my second hat I made a giant pom pom. I used some leftover wool from this weaving and attached it to the top.
And now for some silly pictures of me trying to model the hat. I don't think I have a future as a hat model but the other half did tell me that my hat made me look like a Smurf which I think I'm taking as a compliment.
Let me know if you decide to give crochet a go or make one of these hats. I'd love to know how you get on. They're really easy, I promise.
Don't know if Craftsy is for you? Why not sign up for a free class and see what you think or download this free pdf The Beginners Guide to Crochet to get you started.
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