I crocheted these two hats from pure wool yarn unravelled from a sweater I bought in a charity shop. Unravelling a sweater is a labour of love that’s for sure, but you are rewarded with a lot of yarn for the money. The yarn has to be unpicked, skeined, washed, dried and re-skeined or wound into balls before use! It took a lot longer to “process” the sweater yarn than it did to crochet the two hats!
I wanted to make Mechanic Man a new work hat for Autum/Winter and thought the colours would look good with his colouring (reddy/blonde). His garage is freezing even in Summer so he wears a hat all day for most of the year. He was at work when I took these photos so my daughter is modelling.
I made him a lovely hat last year but unfortunatly it found it’s way into the washing machine with his uniforms and shrunk spectacularly. Mechanic Man was sad about his old hat but chuffed that he had managed to make a felt bowl all by himself. I had a lot of yarn left from my sweater, so I thought I’d make a coordinating hat for me – Hence His ‘n’ Hers!
I made HIS in random stripes – most one colour wide – so that it won’t show the dirt/grease/oil too badly. I made mine with stripes ‘cos I’m a sucker for stripes. The top of my hat has five rounds of the same colour and then each stripe has four rounds.
I very carefully wrote down the pattern for these hats as I was making them and now I can’t find the piece of paper. Still, here’s the gist. It’s basically a beanie hat with a few extra rows added for a neck warmer (on 2/3 of the total stitches and then an ear-flap triangle added on each end of the neck warmer). My instructions do assume you know how to crochet and have had a go at a hat before.
Notes: This hat is worked in rounds, to join each round you can either slip stitch into the first st of the previous round and chain 2, or single crochet into the first stitch of the previous round and chain one. This chain counts as your first stitch of the next round. It must also be noted that my tension is tight, so if you crochet loose, you may want to use a slightly smaller hook.
- 6mm crochet hook and approx. 70g Aran weight yarn for each hat.
- Use a magic loop or as small a chain loop as you can to start.
- Round 1: Make 10 single crochet sts (double crochet UK).
- Round 2: Make 2 SCs in every stitch (20 sts).
- Round 3: Work one round (20 sts).
- Round 4: Make 2 SCs in the first and every other sts (30 sts)
- Round 5: Make 2 SCs in the first and every third st (40 sts)
- Round 6: Work one round.
- Round 7: Make 2 SCs in the first and every fourth st (50 sts)
- Round 8: Make 2 SCs in the first and evry fifth sts (60 sts)
- HER hat: Continue to work on these 60 sts until the hat is the desired length (without neck flap) For my hat I worked approx 33 rounds.
- HIS hat : Work another increase round, increasing 5 sts evenly around the hat (65 sts) and continue without further increase. You can add a couple of extra rounds too if you want a bigger hat but I worked 33 rounds HIS hat too (I have a big head).
- Neck Flap: To make the back a little longer than the front (built-in neck warmer) work back and forth in rows for FOUR rows on 40 sts HERS (45 sts HIS).
- Ear Flaps: Work the ear-flaps backwards and forwards on each end of the neck piece. I worked the ear-flaps on 9 sts for HERS (11 sts HIS) and decreased one st at each end of every other row until there were no sts remaining.
- To make a edge, work TWO rounds of SC around the whole hat – decreasing one stitch in internal corners and increasing one stitch at external corners.
- I added tassels to HER hat but not to HIS as I don’t want HIM getting mangled in a machine at work!
- I hand stitched lining into the inside of HIS hat with some jersey fabric from an old Marks and Spencer’s T-shirt so it will be super comfy and warm. You can see in the photo below that the back is a few rows longer to keep HIS neck warm (the lining is level with the edge at the front).
If you find this pattern helpful or utterly confusing please let me know!