I only have about 10 hats to go. Phew. Problem is I get bored making the same ones, but they cannot be complicated or time-consuming cause time is short. I have a couple more variations that take no more time than the basic hats (well, nearly) and one that takes a bit longer but is stupid cute, I think.
1. The first one looks like it has a little yarn mohawk. this is the one that take a little bit longer. But it isn’t hard.
Make the standard, 28 stitch hat, two purl rows, 12 stocking stitch rows, then cast off. Don’t do a fancy cast off, no need. Cut 28 lengths of yarn (about 4 inches long) then fold them in half. Fold the hat in half. Using a yarn needle or a crochet hook, pull the fold thru the two cast off stitched and slip the ends thru it to seal the top edge and create the fringe.
2. The other one is even simpler. Create the standard hat, do the decrease rows, and cut with a LONG tail, at least 12-15 inches. Thread the end thru the last stitches to close the top and pull it snug. Slip a crochet hook into the hat and pull up a loop from the tail. Chain at least 10, but more works too. Pull the tail thru to secure the chain then add the pompom to this tail. Adorbs.
WAY easier than the decreased long tail hats. And you can tart it up, as usual, with additions:
Or even add another colour:
3. On that one, I did a pattern at the top that creates a little starburst. I did two colours but it works equally well with just one. Make the basic hat but stop stocking stitch at row 9.
- Row 10: K2, P2
- Row 11: K2tog, P2tog
- Row 12: K1, P1
- Row 13: K2tog
This makes a cute central star that works well with the crochet tail. I may try adding a punch of crochet tails and see how that looks.
We are doing the Thanksgiving feast tonight as last night was too tight on time, so lots to do. If I get time I’ll update this with more step-by step photos but until then, I hope the verbal description will help anyone who wants to make one!