Men's Hat with Optional Chin Strap Crochet Pattern
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4 oz. yarn; pattern doesn't specify yarn weight but General Instructions at the beginning of the book say that "perle mercerized crochet cotton, in sizes 3 or 5" can be substituted. Example: Speed-Cro-Sheen is a size 3 thread weight.
Number 3 crochet hook
sc = single crochet, ch = chain
ea = each, rnd = round
Cap with Optional Chin Strap
Note: If you wish to make this as a plain close-fitting cap (with no chin strap), omit the face opening rows and chin strap rows.
Beginning Chain: Chain 3, join to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in ea sc of previous round. (12 sc)
Original instructions: "Continue round and round, widening enough to keep work flat, until it measures 7 inches across".
Sandi's Note: I would suggest adding one additional stitch in between each increase on each new round, until it measures 7 inches across (diameter of circle). In other words:
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat. (30 sc)
... and then continue in this same manner, adding one additional stitch in between each increase on each new round, until it measures 7 inches across.
Next: Original instructions: "Work round and round without increasing or decreasing until work measures 7 inches."
Sandi's Note: In other words, sc in ea sc of each round until it measures 7 inches from top of hat (at round 1) to the edge you just crocheted.
Face opening: (Working in rows now) Turn, sc in ea sc, leaving 8 inches unworked (for face opening).
Next 10 rows: Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea sc across row.
Chin Strap: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 10 sc (leave rest of row unworked).
Next 23 rows: Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea sc across. (10 sc)
At end of last row, fasten off.
Short Chin Strap on Opposite Side: Join yarn at edge of last face opening row on opposite side of hat. Ch 1, sc in next 10 sc.
Next 9 short chin strap rows: Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea sc across (10 sc).
At end of last row, fasten off.
Original pattern suggests snap fasteners on strap. You might choose to sew on velcro fasteners or to make a buttonhole towards the end of the long strap and then sew a button on the short strap.
How to make a buttonhole: For a small button, sc in ea sc until you are one stitch away from the center, work a chain 1, skip next sc, sc in ea sc remaining in row. For a larger button, work a chain 2, skip 2 stitches in the center of the row. On the next row, sc in the chain-1 space (or 2 sc in a ch-2 space).
Cap with Chin Strap pattern originally printed in Winifred Clark Crocheted and Knitted Sweaters, Scarfs, Hats, Winifred Series Book No. 10. No date of publication shown and no copyright notice printed in the book but it is circa early 1920s. It has the look and format of needlecraft books printed in the early 1920s or before.
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