Morning Frost – A Free Crochet Hat Pattern

After 91 comments on my blog post telling me why the hat should be free, I’m totally convinced in my heart that I’m doing the right thing.  I can’t tell you how amazing all of you are!  I would imagine if I did the statistics on the comments, 95% of you want the pattern so you can make it to give to someone in need or a loved one. I knew we (crocheters) were generous but it sure is nice to see it comment after comment!

I would like to ask for your help.  I love designing these patterns and feel honored to share them with you, especially for free.  If you are on Ravelry, will you add it to your favorites and place it in your queue?  It helps get the pattern out there to everyone which gives it more exposure (potential for more free patterns).  If you are on any social media, sharing it would be much obliged too!

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat From ELK Studio

Some of the information below may seem familiar to you as I used it in Country Appeal beanie.  It is still valuable information and applies to this pattern also.

#1 Key Ingredient – When I created my band, I crocheted 72 rows which made 20” for me.  After joining my band on round 1, I made 72 sc around the band.  If you need more or less rows to achieve your desired width, that’s okay.  Just remember in order for the stitching to come out right, your initial sc round must end on an even number.  For example, if it took you 63 rows to achieve 20”, you would need to make sure you had 64 sc around for your first round.  Another example would be if it took you 68 rows to achieve 20”, crochet 68 sc around for your first round.

Hint:  If this is your first experience working with a hat from the bottom up, don’t close the page!  You can do this, I promise.  It’s much easier than you think and in the end, you might even like it better!  Just remember, when you start working the hat, the body may look “too big”.  No worries.  Once you close the top, it will fit nice and snug just as if you’ve worked it from the top down.

As you can see from the pictures, there are many variations and color schemes you can use to make this great hat.  I’m going to tell you how to make all these styles and hopefully not confuse you.  Read the pattern instructions first because I want you familiar with it when I start talking to you about the color changes. (I know, I know….. for some of you that might be challenging because you just want to dive into the pattern, but don’t be like your husband and not read the directions first).   As for the pattern below, it’s only for a solid color hat.  Once you become familiar, you can scroll to the bottom of the page.  I’ve got each picture separate with the instructions on what rounds to make your color changes.  Trust me, it’s really simple!

Pattern Instructions:

Supplies: 

  1. Red Heart Soft, or any worsted weight #4 yarn, 150-175 yards.
  2. Hook Size – J/6.0
  3. Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

Gauge:

Band – 1 sc row (width) and 2 rows of sc (length) = 1”

4 dc/4fpdc  and 6 rows = 2”

The instructions for this hat, as given, will fit an adult measuring approximately 22”.  The hat can easily be adjusted to meet other sizes.  When I completed the band, the 72 rows measured approximately 20” and fit perfectly on my model measuring 22”.  There is a great guide on head measurements provided by Cre8tion Crochet.  It will give you the average size of head measurements (including length) from child to adult.  I use this reference quite a lot as Lorene does a great job of thoroughly explaining the specifics required to successfully making a hat that fits.

Abbreviations:                                                 

ch – chain
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Note:

Ch 3 is considered first dc throughout the pattern.

Band:

Leave a long tail (4”) before making your beginning ch.  This will be used to join the band of the hat.

Ch 6

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 1 turn. (5 st)

Row 2:  sc in first sc and each sc across, ch 1 turn (5 st)

Row 3 – 72:  Repeat row 2

At the end of row 72 do not cut the yarn.  Take you tapestry needle and join the ends of your rows using the whipstitch method.  Insert your hook once again and begin with round 1.

Body of hat:

Round 1:  sc evenly around, join with sl st to first sc (72st)

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in next sc and around, join with sl st to top of 3rd ch. (72st)

Round 3:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next dc and around, join with sl st to first sc (72st)

Round 4:  Ch 3 skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc , *dc in next sc, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc* repeat from *to*, sl st to top of 3rd ch. (72st)

Round 5:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, *sc in next fpdc, sc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc, (72st)

Round 6:  Sl st in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc , *dc in next sc, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc*, sl st to top of 3rd ch.

Round 7:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, *sc in next fpdc, sc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc,

Round 8 – 22:  Repeat Rounds 6 & 7 or until you have reached your desired length.

Do not fasten off.  Measure out enough yarn to weave through every other sc.  I’m an overachiever and probably cut around 20” of material.

Take your tapestry needle and weave under the loops of every other sc around, pull the yarn tightly.  This will close up the hat.  Sew the top of the hat with a few stitches for security.  Fasten off.

Optional Round:  Holding the hat upside down, insert hook into bottom row and form a sl st, ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72st)

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat Pattern by ELK StudioOn this hat, you can see white is the “background” color.  To get this look, on each round (not rows which is the band) that instructs you to sc, use white.  So what that means is all your odd # rows are white.

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat Pattern by ELK Studio

For this hat, the band is also multi-colored.  Change your color for each row, carrying your yarn along with you.  I have shown you how to do this in my Houndstooth Scarf pattern with some photos, so this will help you if you don’t understand how to carry the yarn.  Once you finish the band, you will follow the same instructions as above on the raspberry/white hat.

If you want to make a pom-pom for the top of your hat, The Crochet Geek has a wonderful video to show you how.

As always, please don’t use my photos as your own.  You may sell your finished product from my pattern.  If you share my pattern on any social media, please link back to my blog.  If you print out that pattern, please leave my header on the page.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

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Introducing “Dear ELK Studio” – A Crocheting Column

Dear ELK StudioWhen I was a kid one of my favorite pass times was to read Dear Abby.  Dear Abby was a daily column in the local newspapers and was always filled with juicy answers. (You can still find the column on-line).  People would write to her asking for advice about all types of issues such as relationship, family or even love questions.  I LOVED reading all her responses because they were short, sweet and to the point.  It was all in fun anyway, but I’m sure some people took her answers very seriously.

Well, I’ve thought for a while what I could do to give back to all of you that take the time to come over to my blog.  Why not do something like Dear Abby but call it Dear ELK Studio?  I’m part of a few groups, as well as have one of my own, and someone is always asking some type of crochet related question.  It could be on technique, pricing, or social media.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a column where you, the crocheter, could email your questions and actually get an answer?

I’m gathering a team of designers/crocheters to help me on this new venture.  Each person brings their own set of skills and experience to the table.  I feel it will only benefit everyone to have a strong team developed, but I must tell you that I’m relying on you to help me too!

How do you get your questions answered?  Easy.  Just email me, and I will post your questions on my Facebook page Monday through Friday.  You, the crocheter, will help me by jumping into the conversation.  I think it will be fun and a great learning process.  Some of the more seasoned crocheters can help the younger ones learn new tips and tricks to becoming a successful crocheter.  Then I will post all 5 questions with answers (and some other questions not answered on Facebook), to the blog once a week.

You just need to remember the theory behind this column, it’s like Dear Abby, so the answers will be fun, short, sweet and to the point.  This is not intended to get into full-blown tutorials (but we’ll definitely provide links to some).  Think of it more like reading a newspaper column but on my blog!

I hope this has sparked some interest and you will join me but in order for it to get underway, I’ve got to have your questions! My email is elkstudiocrochet@gmail.com or even easier, click the email button at the top of the page!

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

Headlines: Alabama Snow Increases Crocheting Productivity!

It’s been snowing here in Alabama!  Yesterday brought in the beautiful white flakes all over our yard.  I know for many of you it’s nothing new….but hey, I live in the south and love it!  It’s funny though because EVERYTHING shuts down.  The schools have been out since yesterday and will also be closed tomorrow.  Many of the local businesses have closed due to the snow.  It’s okay, you can laugh….We just aren’t equipped for it here.  But what it does bring is crocheting time!

I showed all of you a new hat recently on the hook.  Remember?

ELK Studio

Here are some other versions of the same pattern.

ELK Studio

I made the olive/black hat for my husband, and he loves it!  He wore it yesterday while doing all sorts of man things out in the snow….ya know, cut and split firewood, sharpen his saws, clean up his shop and what ever else a man does while it’s cold and snowing.

Today I was sitting here working on the pattern to the hat above and thought about my latest pattern, the infinity scarf.  I wondered if a hat would look good using the same pattern.  Well, here it is.  Do you think it’s worth writing up?  Would you like to see this as an addition to the listings of ELK Studio patterns?

Country Appeal BeanieSo, this is what happens when it snows in Alabama!  I’ve had a great couple of days and look forward to tomorrow!

I’ll be working on the written instructions for both patterns this week.  I’m thinking Country Appeal Beanie will be the first released.  The other hat is being tested, and I’ve got some ideas of how I will release it.  Remember I asked if it should be a free pattern?  Did you comment?  You might want to if you haven’t yet.

As far as Country Appeal beanie, the scarf is a free pattern, so I’ll make the beanie free also.

Whew, this is a long blog post, so I’m gonna end it right here!  Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

My Very First Crochet-A-Long

It’s my very first CAL (crochet-a-long), and I’m so excited.  When I saw that Elena (Beatrice Ryan Designs) posted about hosting a CAL, I thought it would be a great idea.  Her choice is an afghan and other than the first week’s details, I have no idea what it’s going to look like in the end.  Personally, that’s one of my favorite parts of the CAL.  I’ve seen Elena’s work and trust this blanket will be gorgeous.

I must confess that one of the main reasons for joining the CAL is that I need a blanket done by April.  My daughter-in-law will be having Ella in April and of course, I must give her something handmade from her nana.  I have a tendency to slightly procrastinate (ok, well maybe more than slightly), and this CAL will be perfect for keeping me on task.

We received the first set of instructions from Elena this past Saturday.  The pattern was for 8 granny squares using any number of colors or themes.  I chose to use only 2 colors (turquoise and white) of the Red Heart Soft yarn.  It seems to be my yarn of choice lately, and I’m loving the blanket so far! 

Crochet -A- LongI’ll be heading over to Elena’s page this evening for the instructions for this week and hopefully make some progress.  I’m sure it’s not too late join if you’d like!  Just head over to Beatrice Ryan Designs and look for the CAL tab at the top of the page!  Every Friday evening we will post our progress on her Facebook page for everyone to see.  Yesterday was tons of fun and there was creativity everywhere!  I’ll be posting my progress again next week so stay tuned!

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

Hunter’s Run – Free Crochet Beanie Pattern

I am so honored to make some hats for these wonderful kids visiting here from a Ukrainian orphanage for the holidays.  I started working on them a few weeks ago and it was easy to come up with the girl hats because I already have a few patterns, but the boy hats needed some work.  Of course, the classic houndstooth beanie was an option, but I love to create new projects and this was the perfect opportunity.

Hunter's RunIt’s another simple beanie hat that works up really quickly.  Lately my yarn of choice has been Red Heart Soft, so that’s the yarn for this project.  I didn’t bother to try it out on other yarns because I think this pattern would work well with most worsted weight #4 yarns.

The pattern will fit someone with the average size head of 22″.  Just to have complete transparency, I had to do an extra increase round on my hat in order for it to fit my husband (23″) with no other changes.

Pattern Instructions

Supplies:     
1. Red Heart Soft or equivalent WW material.     Medium/4
2. Crochet Hook Size – I
3. Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

Gauge:
8 stitches and 4 ½ Rows = approximately 2 inches. (My measurements are from the rounds using the standard dc st.)

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip st
sp – space

ch 4, sl st into first ch to make a ring.

Round 1: ch 2, 12 dc in ring, sl st in first dc (12 st)

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, sl st in first dc (24 st)

Round 3: ch 2 and dc in same sp, work 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next dc, work 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st in first dc (36 st)

Round 4: ch 2 and dc in same sp, dc in next dc, work 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 2 dc, work 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st in first dc (48 st)

Round 5: ch 2 and dc in same sp, dc in next 2 dc, work 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 3 dc, work 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st in first dc (60 st)

Round 6: ch 2 and dc in same sp, dc in next dc and around, join by sl st in first dc (60 st)

Round 7:  ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next dc and around, Change color, join by sl st in first sc. (60 st)

Round 8:  ch 2 and hdc in same sp, hdc in next sc and around, Change color, join by sl st in first hdc (60 st)

Round 9:  ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next hdc and around, join by sl st in first sc (60 st)

Round 10:  ch 2 and dc in same sp, dc in next sc and around, join by sl st in first dc (60 st)

Round 11-18 – Repeat Rounds 7-10 (2 times)

Rounds 19-21- Repeat Rounds 7-9

Round 22:  ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next hdc and around, join by sl st in first sc (60 st)

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Hunter's run collageI hope you enjoy the pattern.  As always, please do not use my photos as your own.  Please feel free to sell you projects from my pattern.  I just ask that you link back to me if you are featuring it on any other social media.

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy