Tinker With Color – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Tinker With Color

I mostly wear black, so a splash of bold color is a must-have in my wardrobe rotation. I love to play with color, and an ombre mini skein kit is an easy way to get a bunch of colors together. The hat begins with a simple increase then ends with decreases and post stitches to give a fun texture to the hat. So get yourself a fun mix of colors and start making!

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Materials

Yarn: Ombre mini-skeins by The Hippie Hobbit, fingering weight 100% wool, 90 yds each skein, 450 total yards.

Hook: 3.75 mm

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Pattern Info

Gauge: 10 rows and 20 sts = 4 inches in dc

Dimensions: Brim – 21” circ.; Height (without pom) – 9”

Size: Teen/Adult

Notes

Switching Colors

  • For dc rnds, switch to the new color when working the sl st to connect the rnd.
  • For sc rnds, switch to the new color on the last yoh of the st (rnds are not connected).
  • Cut old color and weave in ends as work progresses.

Increase Rnds: Rnds 3 – 13 have an increase of 10. Use stitch markers to keep track of increases or evenly space the ten increases in each rnd.

Abbreviations

ch        chain

dc        double crochet

rep       repeat

FPTr     Front Post Treble Crochet

st         stitch

yoh      yarn over hook

Special Stitch

Front Post Treble Crochet

  • First FPTr: Yoh twice, insert hook around post of dc below the current row worked, and finish the

tr st as normal.

  • When working into a FPTr st: Yoh twice, insert hook around post of

FPTr below the current row worked, and finish the tr st as normal.

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Pattern

Rnd 1: Begin with second lightest color (save lightest color for the pom), ch 4 (counts as 1 dc), work 14 dc in fourth chain from hook, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (15 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as ch, work 2 dc in each st around, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (30 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in next st [2 dc in next st (place marker) *, dc in next 2 sts,] 10 times ending last rep at *, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (40 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, [dc in each st to marker, 2 dc at marker (place marker)] 10 times, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (50 dc)

Note: Each increase rnd adds 10 dc. Rnd 13 = 140 dc.

Rnds 5 – 7: Rep rnd 4.

Rnds 8 – 12: With third color, rep rnd 4.

Rnd 13: With fourth color, rep rnd 4.

Rnd 14: Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st in first dc to connect rnd.

Note: Decrease rnds 15 – 19 Each decrease rnd subtracts 10 dc. Rnd 19 = 90 dc.

Rnd 15: Ch 3, dc next 6 sts, [FPTr in next st, dc2tog*, dc in next 11 sts] 10 times ending last rep at*, dc in next 4 sts, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (130 sts)

Rnd 16: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, [FPTr in next 2 sts, dc2tog*, dc in next 9 sts] 10 times ending last rep at*, dc in next 3 sts, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (120 sts)

Rnd 17: With fifth color, ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, [FPTr in next 3 sts, dc2tog*, dc in next 7 sts] 10 times ending last rep at*, dc in next 2 sts sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (110 sts)

Rnd 18: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, [FPTr in next 4 sts, dc2tog*, dc in next 5 sts] 10 times ending last rep at*, dc in next 1 sts sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (100 sts)

Rnd 19: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, [FPTr in next 5 sts, dc2tog*, dc in next 3 sts] 10 times ending last rep at*, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (90 sts)

Rnd 20: Ch 3, dc in next 1 sts, [FPTr in next 6 sts*, dc in next 3 sts] 10 times ending last rep at*, dc in last st, sl st in first dc to connect rnd.

Rnd 21: Ch 3, [FPTr in next 7 sts*, dc next 2] 10 times ending last rep at*, dc in last st, sl st in first dc to connect rnd.

Rnd 22: Rep rnd 21. (Note: No post sts are added to the angle. Just work post sts in the previous post sts.)

Final rnds worked in a spiral, do not connect rnds.
Rnd 23: With lightest color, sc in each st around.

Rnd 24: With second lightest color, sc in each st around.

Rnd 25: With third color, sc in each st around.

Rnd 26: With fourth color, sc in each st around.

Rnd 27: With fifth color, sc in each st around, sl st in last st. Finish off.

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Abbey

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