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Sherry
Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's "NOT" A Dreadful Day!!!

BHP
(Basic Hat Pattern)
Version 9
Dreads Among Us!



For years I have had numerous requests to take this pattern from my head to paper. I’m not a designer, just created this pattern out of necessity when I was diagnosed with cancer.
I will be adding all the versions I have of this pattern over the next few months. It’s very versatile and you can create so many different hats by starting with the basic pattern.

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1. Choose a pattern and check yardage needed.
2. Choose your yarn and appropriate hook size for that yarn.
That’s it!
Be your own designer and create an original hat just for you!

Basic Hat Pattern

Note: Choose a color yarn that will blend with the yarn you are using for hair.
Example: Black hair use black yarn for hat.

Sometimes I will use dishcloth cotton if I can find it in the color I need. The cotton breathes a little and helps with all that acrylic yarn on your head!

Ch 4, sl st in first ch made.

Round 1. Ch 1, hdc in ring 12 times. Sl st in top of 1st hdc made. (12 hdc)

Round 2. Sl st in next hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp as ch 2. 2 hdc in each remaining 11 st. Sl st in top of 1st hdc made. (24 hdc)

Round 3. Sl st in next hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp as ch 2, 1 hdc in next sp, (2 hdc in next sp, 1 hdc in next sp) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st hdc made. (36 hdc)

Round 4. Sl st in next ch, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp as ch 2, 1 hdc in next 2 sp, (2 hdc in next sp, 1 hdc in next 2 sp) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st hdc made. (48 dc)

Round 5. Sl st in next ch, ch 1, 2 hdc in same sp as ch 2, 1 hdc in next 3 sp, (2 hdc in next sp, 1 hdc in next 3 sp) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st hdc. (60 hdc)

Round 6. Sl st in next ch, ch 1, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 hdc in next 58 sp. Sl st in top of 1st hdc. (60 hdc)

Rounds 7. Repeat Round 6 until hat just covers forehead.

Fasten off.

The “hair” of this hat was made using Light and Lofty Yarn by Red Heart. Several years ago you could find this yarn everywhere but I haven’t seen very much of it lately. I would buy tons of the color onyx to make my nieces and nephews one of these hats.

You can find it online at,

http://www.coatsandclark.com/

Note: I have never tried Lion Brand’s Homespun for this project. It is not as bulky as the Light and Lofty. I suppose you could put 2 lengths of yarn together, maybe it will give the same effect. Please let me know if you try that! Curious to find out how it turns out!

You need a tape measure. Starting at top of the hat (crown) measure from top to where you want the length of your hair to be.


Go down your hat about 2 inches and start to measure from there to where you want the length of your hair to be. Do this about 2 or 3 more times depending on how many rounds you have crocheted for your hat.

Once you have your hair length measurements begin to cut your yarn. Example: if your measurement for your hair is 15 inches, double that to 30 inches. Do this for all your hair measurements. This creates 2 strands of hair together and makes it quicker to attach the hair!

It is helpful to mark each pile of yarn so you put the correct length in the correct section. I would not just cut lengths of yarn, attach and go back later and trim it because you will waste a lot of valuable yarn. After you complete your hair attachments you can go back and trim the ends.

Decorate Your Hair!!!

Have fun! Add colorful beads! Add gold beads for a very bling-bling look! There are so many ideas to for personalizing this hat! You can add beads before you attach the hair or afterwards.

How To Attach The Hair

To begin hair placement you can start where you feel is most comfortable for you, I like to start at the top of the crown and work my way down. Some have started at the bottom, counting the first bottom row and go up 3 or 4 rows to begin hair placement.

You can divide your hat into 4, 3, or 2 sections to make hair placement easier. Example: If you place 4 pieces of hair in 1 section to the top, then for remaining sections do the exact same thing. This is to make sure you have evenly placed sections of hair. You don’t want to end up with too much hair on one side of your hat.


Step 1. Fold one length of hair in half.


 
Step 2. I’m starting at the top of my hat. Place crochet hook under a hdc and bring it through to other side.



Step 3. Place folded section of hair in hook.


Pull hook through until you have 2 inches showing. 
 


Step 4. Place thumb and fore finger inside of the 2 inch loop. 



Grab remaining yarn and pull through the loop.


Step 5. Gently pull on yarn until loop closes and is snug against hat.


Note: When I am putting very long lengths of hair on I like to take every other strand of hair and place the hair in such a way it will not move and stay in its place. This is an optional step. The hair will still move freely especially for the bottom section of hat. This ensures that when hair is freely moving certain sections of hair near top and middle stay in place to keep from showing too much of the hat underneath it.



Step 1. Count down about 6 or 7 rows. Place crochet hook under a hdc directly below the first hdc you used. 

 
Step 2. Pull yarn or hair through hdc and bring it through to other side.


Step 3. Count down about 4 or 5 rows and repeat steps 1 and 2. 

Remember your hat will be same color as your yarn hair. 

For Your Information;

This hat was made with leftover worsted acrylic yarn approximately 3 ounces, a size J hook and the amount needed for your hair will depend on how long you make it. Please make sure you have plenty before you start cutting!









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