Sorrento Winter Hat

 Let's create! 🥳

winter hat beanie merino wool

The materials:

  • 50% merino wool & 50% soft acrylic yarn
  • Stitch markers, which help you keep track of different points, i.e., where you started and ended in a row
  • Tapestry needle, which we'll use at the end to shape our hat and tie in the ends
  • 6mm crochet hook
  • Faux fur pom-pom (these can be fluffed up with a hair dryer 6-8 inches away)

The basics

  • This crochet hat kit is super beginner friendly! Once you know how to make a chain and half double crochet stitches, you can make 99% of the hat!

First, let's learn how to hold a hook and adjust tension

 

Once you have that down, let's move on to how to start and create a chain

  • The chain we'll be creating will be considered the "foundation chain stitch" for this specific project! It's "the foundation" for the subsequent half double crochet stitches we will be doing.

In this section, we'll complete the foundation chain and learn how to count stitches

  • The general length recommendation for a ladies hat is ~11-12 inches, which will likely allow for a ~1.5-2" foldover brim. I wouldn't go past 12 inches (when the yarn is pulled slightly at opposite ends) for the length as extra yarn skeins may be needed if you also opt to have a loose hat.
  • You may need to decrease or increase the # of chains you make based on how tight / loose your stitch is. If you do, it might be helpful to note it down somewhere so you don't forget the # of chains you made.
  • As you're making these stitches try to keep all your stitches even! I find this design to be very beginner-friendly and the yarn to be quite forgiving with inconsistencies in tension.

How to do a half double crochet (1st row demo)

  • The half double crochet will be used to create the width of our hats (the head circumference). 

How to do a half double crochet and work them in the back loops only (2nd & 3rd row demo) 

  • This stitch will be placed in the back loops only for our pattern. Doing so will give the hat a nice ribbed look. As a tip for other crochet projects, normally if the pattern doesn't specify if you take the front loop only or the back loop only, you would take both loops, which are often described as the "v" due to the fact that they look like a v together!

Awesome, you did it! The rest of the rows will be exactly like the 2nd row you just completed in the above video.

How many more rows should I crochet?

  • I crocheted 36 rows for my hat, but it really depends for everyone because of the difference in tension while crocheting, preference for loose/tight hats, and head circumference. There are size charts via google search that can help, but really I find the best way to be simply wrapping the rectangle around my head as I go in order to decide the # of rows I will crochet.
  • However many rows you decide to do: 1. Make sure you have at least ~36+" of yarn left at your final row. 2. You end on an even-numbered row (you'll know you're on an even row if after you've completed row, the loop your hook was on is on the opposite side of the short yarn tail located on the corner of your work from where we started our foundation chain).

When you run out of the yarn from the 1st skein, how do you join the 2nd skein?

  • When you start running out of yarn, create a fisherman's knot to join with a new skein. The below video will demonstrate the steps:
The finale whoo! How to finish off your hat and add the pom-pom