When you have an unusually large head circumference like I do, it becomes incredibly difficult to find a nice hat that actually fits. I also like my hat to come down and cover my ears. There is nothing worse than cold ears to give you a runny nose in my experience!
So what do you do when you can never find a nice warm hat to fit your specifications? You pull out your crochet needle and make your own beanie hat.
You then scour the internet for a pattern for a large(ish) ladies hat and find nothing (again!). So you go ahead and improvise, trying the half-finished hat on every so often till it feels just right.
I have to admit, I had to unravel a few rows and re-crochet them to make sure my hat looked nice.
So if you have a funny shaped head like I do and are looking for a ridiculously simple crochet pattern, here are all the details.
I used a hook size 6 and needed less that 1 skien of yarn. I used a medium, 4-ply yarn called Orchid by Caron United. (1 skien = 113 g, UK terminology unless mentioned otherwise)
Start: Ch 3 and join with a slip stitch (ss) to make a circle
1 – ch 3 + 11 treble crochet (tr) in the circle to make 12 tc in total. Join with a ss
2 – ch 3 to turn. 1 tr in the same stitch. 2 tr in each of the remaining 11. (24 tr in total) Join with a ss
3 – ch 3 to turn. 1 tr in the same stitch, 1 tr in the next stitch. Then (2 tr + 1tr) in the next 2 stitches. Repeat through remaining stitches (36 tr in total). Join with ss
4 – ch 3 to turn. 1 tr in the same stitch, 1 tr in the next 2 stitches. Then (2tr + 1tr + 1 tr) in the next 3 stitches. Repeat to end of circle, to make 48 tr. Join with ss
5 – ch 3 to turn. 1 tr in the same stitch, 1 tr in the next 3 stitches. Then (2tr + 1tr +1tr + 1tr) in the next 4 stitches. Repeat to end of circle, to make 60 tr. Join with ss
6 – ch 3 to turn, 1 tr in each of the next 59. Join with ss
Repeat in rows 7 to 15.
16 – ch 1 to turn. 1 double crochet (dc) in the same stitch. Then 1 dc in each stitch. Slip stitch to join and tie off.
Weave in the tail to finish the hat.
Embellish with a pom-pom or flower if you feel like. I crocheted a ruffle flower in orange and sewed it on for a bit of contrast.