Super quick crochet hats and some crochet updates…

How are you all? Keeping safe and well in these ongoing uncertain times I hope… 💙 It’s been so lovely for me to see lots of ‘Winter Walk Scarves’ being finished over the last couple of weeks… photos have been popping up on my Instagram feed and in the Facebook Group and seeing so many of you wearing your scarves is absolutely brilliant! Thank you for sharing your photos -here’s just a little selection… 😍

All looking so fabulous! 😍 I’ve really loved wearing mine too…

I’ve been asked quite a few times about the hat I was wearing in the photo I shared on Day 12 of our Winter Walk. It really is the easiest, simplest, most super quick crocheted hat and Iater in this blog post I’ll share with you all how I made it… and with only 1 week left until Christmas Day, there’s actually still plenty of time to crochet a few for gifts!

My daughter and I wearing our crocheted hats! 🥰
I used ‘Emu Classic Super Chunky’, available from ‘The Knitting Network’ for my hats! 😁

But first a couple of crochet updates to share…

The results for the British Knitting and Crochet Awards are in. I didn’t win an award this time… huge congratulations must go to Lucy from ‘Attic 24’ who won the ‘Most Iconic Crochet Designer’ and ‘Social Media Superstar’ awards. For me, just to have been shortlisted and to be in the mix amongst some big names and amazing fellow crochet designers was an absolutely huge honour – so THANK YOU to each and every one of you who voted for me! ❤️❤️❤️

Weather wise, the days have been pretty gloomy these past couple of weeks here on the south coast. Lots of grey and barely any sunshine… so when the sun made a brief appearance yesterday morning, it felt particularly lovely.

Although it wasn’t long before the grey cloud you see there above the horizon drifted our way and we were back to grey again! We really do have to enjoy the sunny moments when we can.

On my hooks these last few weeks has been a new version of my Seaside Stash Busting Blanket using Emu yarns. This is to celebrate 4 years (yes, 4 years!! 😆) since I launched the original crochet along for that blanket. Kits with the printed pattern will be available from The Knitting Network later in January to add to my ‘Coastal Crochet Collection’ I have with them.

It’s been really wonderful for me to crochet this blanket again and I’ve enjoyed it so much…

Do you see little Salty there? 😁

I’m making this one slightly smaller than the original which is really nice too. I’m often asked how to make the blanket smaller and because I didn’t base the original pattern on a stitch multiple (I designed it as we went and adjusted each row to keep consistent with my 180 stitches) it’s always difficult for me to give an answer to that question.

So this time I’ve adjusted the pattern for this new smaller ‘celebration’ version using 156 stitches and it’s crocheting up beautifully…

And little Salty made the most of a sunny spot she found…

I’d left the lounge for just a moment, came back… and there she was on top of the sofa and on top of my blanket in progress! She certainly knows how to enjoy the sunny moments when she can…🥰

So onto the hat… the full instructions follow below.

But first I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy Christmas time, whatever Christmas means for you. And here’s to a good 2022, whatever it may bring. With Covid causing so much havoc, life is certainly uncertain and less predictable. But I do wish you all plenty of creative moments…

Thank you for all the love and support you have shown me and my crochet throughout 2021. Take care… 🥰❤️❤️

How to make the hat:

You will need:

1 ball of super chunky yarn: I used 1 ball (100g /107 metres) ‘Emu Classic Super Chunky’ (100% Acrylic) which is available from The Knitting Network

An 8mm hook or hook to suit your tension or chosen yarn.

Pattern Notes:

The hat is crocheted in simple rows of half treble (US half double crochet) stitches to create a rectangular shape.

Half Treble stitches are unique in that they have 3 loops/strands at the top of the stitch. We’ll be
inserting the hook into just the one very back loop only which sits towards the back of the work. This ensures that two loops remain to the front of the work and creates a ribbed stretchy fabric.

To Work:

First decide if you want the hat long enough to be able to fold a brim over or if you prefer not to. This will determine how many stitches to crochet.

Hat with brim folded
Hat with no brim so made a little shorter.

Make 30 chains (or for a hat without a brim make 25 chains)

Row 1: 1 half treble in second chain from hook and in each chain to end. [29 stitches (or 24 stitches for shorter version)]

Row 2: 1 chain (does not count as a stitch), 1 half treble in back loop only of first stitch and each stitch to end, turn.

Rows 3 – 30: Repeat Row 2.

You can do more or less rows to make the hat bigger (wider) or smaller but make sure you end on an even row number. This will ensure that after joining the seam the beginning tail of yarn will sit to the top of the hat.

To form hat:

Row 31: Fold work in half so first and last rows meet. We will now be creating a tube.
Join this next row to Row 1 by working 1 slip stitch through both the back loop of each st and each remaining loop from the foundation chain to the end. Pay attention to crochet into the first stitch of the row.

To close hat at top:

Using a strand of yarn in same colour, weave in and out around the top of the hat and pull tight to gather and close the top of the hat.

The yarn is shown here in a contrasting colour to help show you how to weave in around the top.

Pull tight and secure with a knot. Weave in all ends and turn inside out.

A bobble on top to finish is optional! Make a bobble in a contrasting colour or the same colour… so many possibilities! 😄

And there you go…. a super quick crochet hat! 🥰💙💙

Enjoy… and Happy Crocheting everyone! ❤️❤️❤️

30 comments

  1. Happy Christmas to you Eleonora! I am disappointed you didn’t win the award but next time, right? Give sweet Salty a pet for me. Happiest of New Years to you as well.🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    1. You are the best! I voted for you. I love Lucy from attic 24 and I have made a few of her blankets. However, I appreciate the variety of items that you have to offer. I am a retired nurse and I also have a little dog, a Chihuahua named Louis. I look forward to your blog and I know that you will win many awards in the future. Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Such a shame you didn’t win. I think, and so do lots of us, that you are by far the best. The time and effort you take, not just with the many photographic illustrations, but the added extra of seeing the gorgeous Salty who also loves your work too, but the fabulous video scenes you treat us all do consistently. It must take an awful lot of work, but know that we all adore and treasure them, and view them often. Also love the exceptional photography you do, showing us your influences for colour choices etcetera but the pics are worthy of being framed. I wish you and your family a Happy Crocheting Christmas, and I say “You was robbed!!)

    1. Awww… thank you so much Jackie! I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement! 🥰 I do so love what I do in creating crochet designs and then being able to share them with so many people around the world. It’s an amazing thing…. Happy Christmas to you and yours! ❤️❤️🎄

  3. Happy Christmas to you and your family Eleonora and all the best for 2022. Thank you for all the hard work you do in creating your wonderful designs, they are a pleasure to make x 🙂

  4. Thank you Eleonora, of all all the patterns and CALs yours are the easiest to follow and understand with such beautiful ideas and designs. I am so in awe of your talent. I would love to make this hat but don’t have any super chunky yarn. Could I use arran or Dk instead, I’m not that great at working out how to change it. Merry Christmas to you and your family xx

    1. Thank you so much Jo! Happy Christmas to you and yours… the hat could be made with DK or Aran, you’ll just need to do more stitches and more rows as it will come out smaller. Or you could double up a couple of strands of Aran to make it super chunky! ❤️❤️

  5. Disappointed you didn’t win, you deserve too. You are such a wonderful inspiration and teacher. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Agree wholeheartedly with Jackie’s comments above. Keep doing what you do Eleonora – you’re the best 😊. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to seeing your creations in 2022 xx

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family Eleonora. I have learnt so much making your beautiful designs. Let’s all look now forward to 2022 🥰🧶💕

  8. Hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas Thank you for your designs and thank you to the community for crochet fun and gossip throughout the year. the new smaller SSBB is something I’m looking forward to in January.

  9. A very Merry Christmas to you Eleanora and your family. I am sure you will win many more awards in the future. I love what you do, I love your inspiration! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work, your photos and stories. I look forward to seeing and enjoying what you do in 2022. Stay safe and warm best wishes from Cathy (Sydney Australia)

  10. Sorry you didn’t win – you have taught me so much and I really enjoy making your projects – I have several more waiting to be made. Your instructions, photos and tutorials are superior to any others I have used and I look forward to starting my scarf on Christmas Day for the 12 days of Christmas – hope I can keep up, still being a relative beginner! Merry Christmas Eleonora and hope you and your family enjoy the festivities.

  11. Happy holidays to you and your family Eleonora. Thank you for providing another creative year for me. Sending lots of sunshine to you from South Australia, Jane 🥰🧶🥰

  12. On a cold frosty morning am diving through stash to find suitable yarn for one of these lovely hats. Recently discovered your blog and find it gorgeous and inspiring, but makes me want to relocate to the seaside even more!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2022.

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