Edit: You can now find the slouchy version here.
If you're not familiar with the technique, you'll be inserting your crochet hook in a different spot than you normally would. instead of using the "v" looking stitch consisting of the front and back loops, you'll be working into the extra loop (aka the 3rd loop) just below the "v." I've highlighted the 3rd loops for the rest of the row in the picture below, as a visual. If you find that this is tricky or you'd like more guidance on this, just let me know and I'm happy to put together a quick tutorial.
Now on to the pattern!
- Light weight (3) yarn (I used less than 1 skein of Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Toy Elephant Marled)
- Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
- Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers (optional)
st(s) = stitch(es)
ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
flo = front loop only
Using the smaller (5.5mm) hook:
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, turn (15)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc across in 3rd loop (see note above), turn (15)
Repeat row 2 until the brim is your desired length. I made mine 22" when lightly stretched. Make it as long as you need to fit comfortably on your head, but please keep in mind that the brim will stretch a bit with use (although it will lose some of its potential stretchiness as you fold it and crochet over the top later on). If it's simpler, you can also use the alternative brim from the slouchy version.
Round 1: Inserting the hook through both ends of the folded brim, work 84 sc evenly across the top. This will close it off, leaving a thicker brim. If you've divided your brim into 4 sections, you can evenly work 21 sc into each section (or you can just eyeball it if that works better for you). Join to the first sc with a ss. (84) Or, if you want to make the circumference of the hat larger, you can increase the number of stitches over the top of the brim (just be sure that it's an even number of stitches).
Rounds 2-3: ch 1, sc across, ss to join (84)
Round 4: ch 1, hdc across in flo, ss to join (84)
Rounds 5-7: ch 1, hdc across in 3rd loop, ss to join (84)
Switch back to the smaller (5.5mm) hook
Round 8: ch 1, sc across in 3rd loop, ss to join (84)
Round 9: ch 1, dc across, ss to join (84)
Round 10: ch 1, [sc, fpdc] around, ss to join (84)
Round 11: ch 1, sc around, ss to join (84)
Round 12: ch 1, [sc, fpdc] around, ss to join (84)
Round 13: ch 1, sc around, ss to join (84)
Rounds 14-23: Repeat rounds 4-13
Rounds 24-28: Repeat rounds 4-8
Fasten off and weave in any remaining ends.
If you end up making one, I'd love to hear about it. And please share pictures! Or, if you have any questions or comments, you can reach me in the comments section below or on social media. Happy hooking!