Hats Always On My Head!

It's so great to have you visit my hat blog!

My goal is to showcase the potential of even the most novice crocheter to be able to stitch together the most beautiful beanies, berets, and brain-warmers they never dreamed possible!

Please share your photos so I may place them on my Flickr page and here on this blog! I'm looking forward to sharing your hats with others and I just love to see what you have created!

Send photos to: basic.hats@gmail.com

Sherry
Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beads of Color!

BHP
(Basic Hat Pattern)
Version 11
Beads

You may see patches of a white hat showing through! I should have used 
black but I wanted to take pictures that you could see clearly.

This is a side view before I have trimmed the ends 

This is before I trimmed the bangs.

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.

**********

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 1. 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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.

Note: This hat is 80 % made of crocheted chains of various lengths and about 20% of yarn cut and attached to hat. If you want some straight strands in your hair, this is the easiest way to make them. When making your chain make sure you have a 2 inch tail. When chain is desired length, cut your yarn to the same length as your chain, this makes quick work of adding your chained lengths and straight pieces at the same time. You do not need to add the straight pieces on every chain length you make, unless you want too!

Note: You can take a piece of yarn to place on your hat as a filler. Measure the desired length and double that amount.

 
1. Fold yarn in half and make a loop and hold between your thumb and fore finger.


2. Place hook under desired stitch and bring hook up from the back of the stitch.

 
3. Place loop on hook and continue to hold it firmly, pull hook though until it is on front of the stitch.


4. Leaving loop on hook, hold remaining two pieces of yarn together, grab yarn and pull through loop. 


5. Gently tug on yarn to tighten loop.


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.

Note: When adding beads to this hat you can easily string a bead on your length of chain, put as many as you like. It is quick and easy to do.

For Your Information;
This hat was made with leftover worsted acrylic yarn approximately 3 ounces, a size J hook and leftover black yarn to make the beaded hair pieces.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beady Colors!

Good Morning!!!

Today's hat was supposed to be The Tube Sock Hat"!
I had said it would be here in September but I forgot about 
the holiday coming in October!
So I'm postponing it to have one more crazy, wild hat!

WOW! I love beads!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How to place beads on yarn for Version 10

Bead Placement for 
Version 10


1. Using a tapestry needle or one that will slide through the beads and yarn together, place as many beads as you desire on the yarn.


2. Make as many chains as you desire, I did 5 chains, pull up a bead next to the last chain made, yarn over, your crochet hook will rest on the bead, make a chain.


Your chain has a front side and a back side. As you are making your chains that is the front side of your chain. After you make your ch that secures your bead in place.The bead should be on the back side of your chain.
 
3. Continue to make chains until you are ready to put a bead on. Repeat step 2.


4. You can also put several beads on beside each other. Pull up a bead, chain 1, pull up a bead, ch 1. Continue until you have the desired amount of beads in a row.


Another idea is to go to 
Crochet Pattern Central.

Awesome site!

They have a section called Fridgies.
It's little things to make to put a magnet on and place on your fridge.
They have patterns for flowers, and other cutie things. 
You can make some of the flowers or other items to 
place on your yarn or hat hair! 

Hope this helps!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Version 7! I found a mistake!

I'm making version 7 for a birthday gift.
I discovered I left out a step. 
The missing part is shown in red!

Round 4. Do not sl st in next dc. Ch 2, 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, 1 dc in next sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook. (2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook.) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (48 dc)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rainbow Colors!

BHP
(Basic Hat Pattern)
Version 10
Rainbow Colors
I need to get a picture during daylight hours, these are so dark!
It's actually very bright and colorful!
I will take another one tomorrow!


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.

**********

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

This hat requires leftovers of many colors for the hair of your hat. You can choose to make it with one color.

You can choose a yarn color for your hat that best matches your colors, or just pick whatever color that pleases you.

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 1. 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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.

To make colored hair use an I hook and make your chain firmly and try to keep chains about the same size. You can use chunky or bulky weight yarn just change the size of your hook.

This is very easy.

Step 1. Make a slip knot on hook leaving a tail about 3 to 6 inches long. Make a row of chains as long as you want! I don’t count how many chains I am making unless I want them all to be the same length.
I make very long ones, about 100 to 120 chains, some short ones about 15 to 20, it’s just a matter of watching tv and knocking out as many as you want in any size!

Once you have completed your chain fasten off, BUT before you cut your yarn leave enough yarn so it is as long as your completed chain.

Attaching yarn to hat.

You can take your long length of yarn and use it to attach to your hat leaving the remaining yarn to hang down beside your completed chain.

With this hat you can actually make a lot of chains and attach them at the top of your hat putting as many as you can. Then you don’t have to attach any around the middle or bottom of hat. If you really want a lot of fullness then attach shorter chain amounts to other parts of the hat.

The tail on your chains can be trimmed to the size you want or leave as is.


For Your Information;

This hat was made with leftover worsted acrylic yarn, about 3 ounces, a size I hook, and 16 rounds with no edging on the hat. The colored strands of chains were made with leftover worsted weight yarn. Don’t forget you can decorate this hat too!

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.

**********

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!









Sunday, September 19, 2010

So Sorry I'm Late!

Mom's roommate became violent late this afternoon. I couldn't 
leave until everything was resolved! Nursing homes suck.
They are what they are.
I wish my mother was able to come back home to live with me.
I miss her and I worry when I'm not there to protect her.

I was putting 2 hats up tonight as a surprise but will get one tonight 
and the other this week! 

Thanks!
Sherry

Sunday, September 19, 2010

October is coming!

Good Morning!!!

I have a question!

What holiday is on October 31, 2010, AND whose birthday is it?
I know! I know!

It's Halloween and it's my mom's birthday!!!

I hope you enjoy today's pattern!

It's kinda on the fun side of things!!

What a mess I made this morning! 
I hope I can untangle it by this afternoon!!
Just kidding!

See ya this afternoon!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hats off to everyone!!! FYI!!!

Just wanted to let you know starting in October I will be 
making a hat every other week until the holidays are over! 

I want to make as many gifts as I can for the nursing home residents!

The dates are;

October 10, 2010
October 24, 2010

November 14, 2010
November 28, 2010

December 12, 2010
I'm not sure what date I will be posting the 2nd hat 
in December!

Thank-You!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's Just Blue! Version 8!

BHP
(Basic Hat Pattern)

Version 8


I love, love, love striped hats!!! You will find over time I will always throw in a striped hat every now and then! The combination of colors is endless, the width of the stripes, so much you can do to make an awesome striped hat! 

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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.
**********

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

Color A: Blue
Color B: Medium Blue

Ch 4, using color A sl st in first ch made.

Round 1. Ch 2, dc in ring 12 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (12 dc)

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

Round 3. Sl st in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, 1 dc in next sp, (2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next sp) 11 times. Change to color B in last dc made. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (36 dc)

Round 4. Sl st in next ch, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, 1 dc in next 2 sp, (2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 2 sp) 11 times. Change to color A in last dc made. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (48 dc)

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

Round 6. Sl st in next ch, ch 2, 1 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next 58 sp. Sl st in top of 1st dc. (60 dc)

Round 7. Repeat round 6, changing to color B in last dc made. Sl st in top of 1st dc. (60 dc)

Round 8. Repeat round 6, changing to color A in last dc made. Sl st in top of 1st dc. (60 dc)

Rounds 9-10. Repeat round 6.

Round 11. Repeat round 6, changing to color B in last dc made. Sl st in top of 1st dc. (60 dc)

Round 12. Repeat round 6, changing to color A in last dc made. Sl st in top of 1st dc. (60 dc)

Round 13-15. Repeat Round 6.

Fasten off.

NOTES;

Round 7 – 16 is where you personalize the length of the hat. Make as many or as few rounds needed so the hat is as long as needed to cover your head following the striped pattern.

You can also make extra rounds if you want a brim to roll up.

For Your Information;

This hat was made with leftover Red Heart worsted acrylic yarn, a size I hook, and 15 rounds with no edging on the hat. It takes about 3 ounces to make the hat. You only need a small amount of the medium blue.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's Simply Blues!

Good Morning!



Today's hat is a very simple hat to make.  Some of  my favorite ones to create! I will elaborate more this afternoon! 


Sunday, September 05, 2010

It's Puffy Time! Version 7!

BHP

(Basic Hat Pattern)

Version 7


This hat looks great on anyone!


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.

**********

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


Ch 4, sl st in first ch made.

Round 1. Ch 2, dc in ring 12 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (12 dc)

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

Round 3. Do not sl st in next dc. Ch 2, 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook. (2 dc in next sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook.) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (36 dc)

Round 4. Do not sl st in next dc. Ch 2, 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, 1 dc in next sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook. (2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook.) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (48 dc)

Round 5. Do not sl st in next dc. Ch 2, 2 dc in same sp as ch 2, 1 dc in next 2 sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook. (2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 2 sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook.) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (60 dc)

Round 6. Do not sl st in next dc. Ch 2, 1 dc in same sp as ch 2, dc in next 3 sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook. (1 dc in next 4 sp, dc in next sp 5 times leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook.) 11 times. Sl st in top of 1st dc made. (60 dc)

Rounds 7 -13. Repeat Round 6. (60 dc)

Round 14. Ch 1, sc around. Sl st in top of 1st sc made. (60)

Rounds. 15-17. Repeat Round 14.


Fasten off.

NOTES;
Round 7 – 13 is where you personalize the length of the hat. Make as many or as few rounds needed so the hat is as long as needed to cover your head.

To make your puff stitches pop out, push them out with your finger from the wrong side, or squeeze or pinch them with your fingers!

For Your Information;

This hat was made with leftover unknown worsted acrylic yarn, a size J hook, and 17 rounds with no edging on the hat. It took 4 ounces to make this hat. If you add more rounds remember you will need more yarn.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Good Morning! Puffy Time!!!

What a Crazy Week!

Mom's roommate got sick, she got sick, and I got sick!
The joys of sharing! I prefer it to be chocolate
 I shared instead of a nasty virus!

I wasn't feeling too good, so I wasn't thinking
 too well! I chose my yarn and halfway through 
my hat I realized I was using a very pretty, shiny, small
skien of unknown yarn, that I absolutely had no more of!

Two words came to mind! Oh Crud!!
Look how much I had leftover! 
I really was sweating the last two rows! 



Today's hat is very cute on! I love it!
I hope you do too!

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