This is a very quick and simple project. Perfect last minute gift! Basically it’s just a tube of hdc rib with a pom; what makes it a bit special is the fluffyness of this yarn combo! It’s so lofty, soft and light, a bit like wearing a warm pink cloud!
Yarn: Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in colour 3125 & Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk in colour 12, worked together. If you need to substitute, you could pair a mohair yarn with a fingering weight alpaca or alpaca/silk yarn to achieve the same degree of fluffyness!
Hook: 5.5 mm (US: I)
Gauge: c. 15 hdc =10cm / 4 inches
Good news is gauge isn’t all that important as you can easily adjust the number of stitches and rows to make it the right size. My hat is 23 cm / 9 inches long (excluding pompom).
Row 1: Foundation hdc 30, foundation sc 5, turn (35 sts)
(Alternatively, loosely chain 36, turn, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in the following 29 chs, sc in remaining 5 chs, turn (35 sts)
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), slst in back loop (BL) of first 2 sts, sc in BL of next 3 sts, hdc in BL of remaining 30 sts, turn (35 sts)
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in BL of next 30 sts, sc in BL of next 3 sts, sl st in BL of final 2 sts, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the hat goes round your head, then work row 2 once more, so you finish at the bottom of the hat. (I worked rows 2 and 3 a total of 20 times + a final row 2.)
JOIN THE HAT TOGETHER
Turn, ch1 (does not count as a stitch). Fold the long strip of ribbing in half so that the 1st (foundation hdc) row is on top of the last row. Now, we’ll work through the first and last rows held together: insert your hook into both loops at the base of the foundation hdc stitches, (or into the butt loop of the foundation ch sts), AND into the back loop of the corresponding st from the last row. Yarn over and pull through both layers, YO and pull through both loops on hook – sc made. Continue single crocheting the layers together like this. Leave a long tail for sewing up the top.
SEW UP THE TOP
Use the long tail to sew together the top. First, sew through the top of about every 3rd ridge around the hole and pull tight. Now the ridges you did not sew into will probably stick up. Don’t worry! Sew through those sticky-uppy ridges (about every 3rd) and pull tight again. Now, there should be no sticky uppy bits and the hole should be neatly closed. (You need to be a bit careful when you pull the yarn and fasten off as alpaca/silk isn’t the toughest of fibres.) What I did at this point was to separate the two strands of yarn and pull them in opposite directions around the closed up hole on the inside of the hat. Then I tied the strands together in a double knot, sewed them round the hole and tied them together again… a total of 3 times, then I worked away the ends carefully, weaving them into the fabric.
Attach pom – done!