Have you ever visited the North Shore of Lake Superior? If you haven’t, you should consider adding it to your list of places to visit. It is absolutely gorgeous and the vastness of the lake baffles my mind. This past week, we rented five cabins on the shore and enjoyed three (too short!) days with family. I kept saying to myself, as the waves crashed into the rocky shore, “who needs the ocean?”. (Sea creatures, that’s who.)
There was a beautiful storm one of the days, which cleared up enough for me to snap some pictures of the North Shore Hats and scarf, and kept the temperature cool enough that my kiddos were thankful to be wearing hats.
I enjoy this pattern because, at first glance, the hat looks knitted. (I originally called this pattern the Not Knitted Knit Hat and then the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Knitted Hat – mouthfuls.)
The band is worked by using the single crochet rib stitch which gives a look similar to a knitted/purled ribbing. The rest of the hat is a quick and easy camel stitch. (Half double crochets are my fav!). Variegated yarns, like this one, really make the pattern stand out.
Update: The mystery has been solved finally but unfortunately it isn’t good news! I have been searching high and low for months for the yarn I used for the messy bun hat. Thanks to a sleepless night and random Craigslist scrolling for yarn, I found it! As I feared, it has been discontinued. (You can see pictures of it here.) I loved how soft the Everyday yarn was which I used for the non-messy bun hat and there are some other great variegated color options.
North Shore Hat
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US-Size H Crochet Hook
1 skein Premier Yarn Deborah Norville Collection Everyday Print Yarn in Oak Moss
Large Eye Tapestry Needle
slst – slip stitch
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc(s) – single crochet(s)
hdc(s) – half double crochet(s)
Chdc(s) – camel stitch using half double crochets
Chdc2tog(s) – half double crochet 2 together camel stitch style
Single crochet rib stitch – work up through the loop around the post of the sc in the row below. See the helpful photo tutorial here.
Camel Stitch – work through the ridge loop of the hdc in the row below. (How to video by Red Heart here)
Ch 10, turn
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across.
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc rib stitch in each sc across. (See tutorial for single crochet rib stitch)
Repeat row 2 until the band measures approximately 19” (used for both my almost 3 year old and 4.5 year old). Do not bind off. (You can sew the band together at this point or you can wait until the end which I find to be easier.)
Row 1: From the band, ch 2. Turn band horizontally and hdc along the long edge of the band.
Join with slst to the top of the ch 2 to form a circle (if you haven’t already joined the band)
Row 2-13: chdc in each hdc. Do not join each round – just continue with the chdc. Rounds can be easily counted by counting up from the band opening if you haven’t joined it yet.
Messy Bun Option:
Row 14-16: start decreases: 2 chdc, chdc2tog, 2 chdc
At the end of round 16, sc in next chdc then slst into the next chdc. Bind off.
Row 14: close of circle: 2 chdc, chdc2tog, 2 chdc until the hole closes (about 21 rounds). Bind off and use the tail to secure the hole.
Finish hat by sewing the band together.