Sometimes kids are mean.
What an opener, right?
But seriously, I have three kids and they each take turns with unkindness. (As do I, of course.)
The Over the Ridge crochet hat with a band was meant to be a brimmed version for my daughter of the Over the Ridge Boy Hat I made for my son.
Since I have been making things for my son, my daughter has been asking for more crochet items for her too.
No problem, I love making stuff for them and I thought a similar cupcake hat with a brim and in a lighter yarn would be great!
As I was working on the brim of the hat, she asked me who it was for, like she does with almost everything on my hook. I excitedly said, “It’s for you baby girl.” To which she frowned and responded that she didn’t like it and she wanted a pink and purple hat. Ouch!
“Well,” I said, “I can make a pink and purple hat at another point, but aren’t these colors cute?”
“No, only if you add purple. Can you please add purple?”
I reminded her that she already has a purple hat that I made for her.
Nope, not good enough. She wanted nothing to do with this new hat.
I figured it would be best to make the hat in my size so at least someone can appreciate wearing it! So that’s exactly what I did. It has way more fun color than I normally wear, but that is probably good for me!
Literally as I finished typing up to this point, retelling the story of my daughter’s rejection of this hat, she came down from nap time, picked up the hat from next to me, and told me she really likes it.
“Can it be for me?”
STINKER! I should have known. Thankfully I picked up another girlie colored Caron Cupcake so I can make her a different hat.
Since the hat is worked by making the brim first, it is super easy to adjust for different head sizes. Right now it is a medium adult size but adding or subtracting a couple of rows on the brim will make it easy to size.
Over the Ridge Crochet Hat with Band Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
#3 Light Yarn (3 oz. / 85 g, 244 yd. / 223 m)
Sample used 1 Caron Cupcake in Peach Sorbet
Size G/4.0 mm Crochet Hook
Large Eye Needle (These needles are my favorite and you can get them on Amazon!)
brim 4″ by width (2.5″) = 13 rows by 13 hdcs
hat 4″ x 4″ = 16 rows by 18 st (9 crunch stitches: hdc and sl st)
approximately 21″ around by 8.75 ” high
fhdc: foundation half double crochet
hdc(s): half double crochet
sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
sc(s): single crochet(s)
The hat is started by working the brim first. Using the sizes in the ear warmer chart, the hat brim can easily be adjusted for a different size head by changing the number of rows worked.
The half double crochet stitches of the brim are worked entirely in the 3rd loop of the half double crochets in the row below.
After the brim is joined, a sc round is worked around the entire brim. You’ll want to keep this sc round an odd number of stitches if you adjust the size. This is the only round that is joined and the slip stitch which joins it is also used to start the crunch stitch for the rest of the hat.
As you work the crunch stitch around, slip stitches will be placed in the half double crochets of the round below and half double crochets will be placed in the slip stitches of the round below giving you a wonderful diagonal texture.
I found it natural to work with the wrong side out and flip the hat right side out after finishing it off. Even the texture on the inside is amazing though.
Over the Ridge Crochet Hat with Band Pattern Instructions
Chain 14 (alternately, fhdc 13)
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (13)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc in 3rd loop only in each st across, turn
Repeat row 2 for a total of 67 rows or until brim is desired length.
Hold the short ends of the brim together to form a loop. Sl st or sew the short ends of the brim together.
Face whichever side of join looks smoother to the inside
Body of Hat
Round 1: ch 1, sc around the entire brim placing approximately 5 scs every 4 rows, join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (85)
Continuous Rounds: *Hdc in next st, sl st in next st, repeat from * around. (As you work around you’ll be placing hdcs in the sl sts and sl sts in the hdcs of the rounds below.)
Continue working around for about 34 rounds, or approximately 8.75″ from the bottom of the brim to the top of the hat.
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Using a large eye needle, weave the tail through the top of the stitches in the last row and pull gently to cinch closed. Weave in ends.
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