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

“Making it thru Monday” Review #40

Plain Making it thru MondayWhat incredible projects are you working on or have finished this week?  We would love to see them!  Email your photo at elkstudiocrochet@gmail.com and be sure to tell a little about the project and provide links to the patterns and your blog, Facebook page, etc. You can also upload the pictures directly to my ELK Studio Facebook page. It’s a chance for you to show everyone your wonderful talent!

The top viewed project from last week comes Arlette of Tying Knots.  She does some of the most beautiful thread work I’ve ever seen.  Her doilies are always elegant and beautifully made.  Her latest project is just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Have you ever seen anything as lovely?  Thank you for sharing your talents with us Arlette!

026Our next project comes from Ananicole and her beautiful crocheted tank top.  She designed the pattern herself.  Her daughter is so lucky because she seems to receive all these wonderful projects her mom makes!  I love the color and stitching of your garment Ananicole.  You are so talented, and I appreciate you sharing your work with all of us!

AnanicoleNow go grab your “I’ve Been Featured” button for your blog!

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

Country Appeal Free Crochet Beanie Pattern

It’s here!  If you hang out around here, you know that I’ve been working on a beanie pattern to match the Country Appeal Infinity Scarf!  I love the way this hat looks and think it’s a great compliment to the scarf.

Country Appeal Free Beanie Pattern by ELK StudioFor some of you, these instructions may seem like overkill, but I want the crocheter without much experience to crochet this hat successfully.  Thanks for your patience.

Pattern Instructions:

#1 Key Ingredient – When I created my band, I crocheted 72 rows which made 20”.  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 stitch count to come out right, your first sc round must be divisible by 4.  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 at 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.

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 a lot as Lorene does a great job of thoroughly explaining the specifics required to successfully making a hat that fits.

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”
8 dc and 5 rows = 2”

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 joins the band of the hat.

Ch 5

Row 1:  sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining ch across, ch 1 turn (4 sc)

Row 2:  sc in first ch and each ch across, ch 1 turn. (4 sc)

Row 3-72:  Repeat Row 2 until it reaches approx. 20”.  Do not fasten off working yarn.  The working yarn and tail should end opposite of each other.

Forming Band:

Using 4’ tail and yarn needle, line up the two ends and whip stitch the seam and back loop stitches together to form the band.  Insert the hook into the working yarn and begin the body of the hat.

Body:

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc in first st and each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 st) (You will be crocheting evenly around).

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

Round 3:  ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, fpdc around post of dc in the previous round, *dc in next 3 dc, fpdc around post of dc in the previous round*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st in top of 3rd ch.  (72 st)

Round 4-22:  Repeat Round 3 (The height of your hat should measure approximately 7.25”-7.50”)

Round 23:  ch 1 and sc in first dc, sc in next 2 dc, sc in next fpdc, *sc in next 3 dc, sc in next fpdc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc. (72 st)

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:  I wanted a smooth round on the bottom of my hat, so I did a round of sc.  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)

I hope you enjoy this pattern!  As usual, you can sell your items made from my patterns.  If you share on any social media or webpage, please give a link back to my blog post.  If you print out this pattern, keep the heading on the page.  Please do not use my photos as your own.

If you are on Ravelry, don’t forget to add this pattern to your favorites!  It helps my pattern get to the front page of Ravelry so others can see it which in turn helps me give more FREE patterns.  It’s a win-win for both of us!

Don’t forget that you can make the matching scarf too!

Country AppealHave a great day and be blessed!

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