This hat turned out so cute. I made it just for personal use but I thought others may like to make one as well. Like so many of my patterns, this hat is worked in a continuous spiral. It is so much easier than joining rows and makes for a seamless hat. I made this hat in classic Santa Claus colors but you could make it in any color combination you like.
This pattern is written with US crochet terms. You may want to use a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn to make the start of each row. I find its easy enough without stitch markers, so long as you can finish a row before putting it down, and keep track of which row you are on if you do need to set it down. I have put the stitch count at the end of each row so you can double check yourself as you go.
You will need about 3 ounces of worsted weight yarn in the main color, 1 ounce or less of contrasting color, size H crochet hook (or a similar size would also work), a pom pom maker or a way to make a pom pom or tassel (there are lots of directions online to make pom poms without a pom pom maker) and a length of 1/4 inch elastic (optional)
Long Stocking Cap
With main color, begin with a magic ring, or alternatively you can ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from the hook to form a loop and work your first stitches into that loop.
Row 1) 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc into the magic ring or loop. (3 stitches)
Row 2) continue around, do not join or start a new row, just continuously spiral around. Put 2 dc in the first sc you make in row 1, then 2 dc in the next stitch which is the hdc, then 2 dc in the 3rd st from row 1 which is the dc (6 st)
Row 3) 1 dc in each st around (6 st)
Row 4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 1 st, repeat from * 2 more times (9 st)
Row 5) repeat row 3 (9 st)
Row 6) *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st, repeat from * 2 more times (12 st)
Row 7) repeat row 3 (12 st)
Row 8) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 3 st, repeat from * 2 more times (15 st)
Row 9) repeat row 3 (15 st)
Row 10) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 4 st, repeat from * 2 more times (18 st)
Row 11) repeat row 3 (18 st)
Row 12) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 5 st, repeat from * 2 more times (21 st)
Row 13) repeat row 3 (21 st)
Row 14) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 6 st, repeat from * 2 more times (24 st)
Row 15) repeat row 3 (24 st)
Row 16) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 7 st, repeat from * 2 more times (27 st)
Row 17) repeat row 3 (27 st)
Row 18) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 8 st, repeat from * 2 more times (30 st)
Row 19) repeat row 3 (30 st)
can you see where this is going? you need to continue alternating rows in which you increase by 3 stitches, and rows in which you do not increase at all.
As the hat gets longer is also gets larger around the end. Just continue in this fashion until the opening of the hat is large enough to fit. The tail should be correspondingly long enough but if you would like it longer you can do row 3 (the row with no increases) several times to make the hat longer but not larger around.
Once your hat is as long as you like, switch to a new color if you would like a contrasting color for the brim. Otherwise continue with the same color. Repeat row 3 (the row with no increases) 5 or more times. The larger the hat, the larger the brim should be to look balanced.
Finish the hat with a pom pom or tassel on the tip of the tail. The weight of the pompom/tassel will pull the tail down so that it hangs properly, otherwise your hat may look more like a gnome's hat rather than a jolly old elf's hat. To fit my little one better I added some 1/4 inch elastic. Weave in through the dc of the last row in main color. Once the brim is folded up it will hide the elastic and it provides a better fit.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Feel free to make this for your self, to give as a gift or to donate. No commercial license are available, please do not sell this pattern or the finished item for profit. It was designed and written by me, please credit me as designer and link back to this original pattern when sharing. I appreciate your ongoing support, its the only way I can continue to produce patterns and tutorials.
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