Zoe’s Chunky Two Color Spiral Hat

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of being a pattern tester for Zoe Deterding, my UK buddy on Facebook and YouTube, and I’m thrilled to say it’s available FREE on Ravelry AND right here on this blog!

Chunkytwospiralhatcopyright_medium2Chunky Two Color Spiral Hat

This hat pattern is written using US crochet terminology.

Description:
The pattern is based on a simple beanie crochet hat design, but uses two spiraling colors and has a ribbed cuff. The two colors play equal parts throughout, both starting from the first round, giving a spiral effect and continue all the way to the end of the cuff area.

Skill level – easy

Supplies:
6.5mm (K) crochet hook
chunky weight yarn in two different colors of your choice totaling approximately 100g (probably a little more)
scissors
yarn needle
stitch markers
Gauge: (For a medium adult head)
The diameter of the first 5 rounds measures 6.75”. 9 stitches in 3” (measured horizontally before the cuff section). 3 rounds in 1.5” (measured vertically before the cuff section).

CaptureHelpful Tip:
After a few rounds, you may find it easier to carry on into the next round with color A until you can’t go any further before going back to using color B. Then do the same with color B until you can’t go any further. If all your increase stitches line up on top of each other, that will be a good way of keeping yourself on track. If you find yourself getting confused, just stick exactly to the directions in the pattern.

Some unusual stitch abbreviations:
bpdc = back post double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bphdc = back post half double crochet
fpsc = front post single crochet

Directions:

Decide which will be “color A” and which will be “color B”. They both will play equal prominence in the pattern. Where the instructions say “remove hook” – either attach a stitch marker into the loop or enlarge the loop enough so the stitch doesn’t undo itself when working on the other color.

Using color A: chain 4 then slipstitch into the first chain making a circle.

Round 1 – Still with color A – sc into the ring, hdc into the ring, 4dc into the ring. Remove hook. Using color B – sc into the ring next to here you finished with color A, hdc into the ring, 4dc into the ring. Remove hook. Total of 12 stitches.

Round 2 – Place hook into loop of color A, 2dc into each stitch of color B of the previous round. Remove hook. Place the hook into loop of color B, 2dc into each stitch of color A of the previous round. Remove hook. Total of 24 stitches.

Round 3 – Place hook into loop of color A, *dc, 2dc into the next stitch, repeat from the asterisk 6 times. Remove hook. Place hook into loop of color B, *dc, 2dc into the next stitch, repeat from the asterisk 6 times. Remove hook. Total of 36 stitches.

Round 4 – Place hook into loop of color A, *dc into the first 2 stitches, 2dc into the next stitch, repeat from the asterisk 6 times. Remove hook. Place hook into loop of color B, *dc into the first 2 stitches, 2dc into the next stitch, repeat instructions from the asterisk 6 times. Remove hook. Total of 48 stitches.

Round 5 – Place hook into loop of color A, *dc into the first 3 stitches, 2dc into the next stitch, repeat from the asterisk 6 times. Remove hook. Place hook into loop of color B, *dc into the first 3 stitches, 2dc into the next stitch, repeat instructions from the asterisk 6 times. Remove hook. Total of 60 stitches.

Non-increase section: 

Round 6 – Place hook into loop of color A, dc in every stitch for half the round (30 stitches). Remove hook. Place hook into loop of color B, dc in every stitch for the remainder of the round. Total of 60 stitches.

Rounds 7 to 13 inclusive – Repeat round 6. Check the length of the hat as you progress as you may wish to make the hat longer or shorter over the ears than the pattern suggests. Total of 60 stitches per round.

Cuff (turn-up) Section:

Rounds 14 – Place hook into loop of color A, alternate one bpdc and one fpdc for half the round (30 stitches). Place hook into loop of color B, alternate one bpdc and one fpdc for the remainder of the round (30 stitches). Total of 60 stitches.

Rounds 15 to 20 inclusive – Repeat round 14. Total of 60 stitches per round.

Round 21 – Place hook into color A and repeat instructions for color A in round 14 but stop 2 stitches short then make a bphdc then a fpsc. Remove hook. Place hook into color B and repeat instructions for color B in round 14 but stop 2 stitches short then make a bphdc then a fpsc. Remove hook. The last two stitches of each color creates a downward slope. Total of 60 stitches.

Round 22 – Place hook in color A and sc for half the round (30 stitches). Remove hook. Place hook in loop of color B and sc for the remainder of the round (30 stitches). Total of 60 stitches.

Finish off and turn up the cuff.

Margaret’s Note: While this calls for chunky yarn, I’ve successfully done it in #4 worsted (Red Heart Soft) and #1 sock yarn (Sensations Truly). All you need to do is watch the size of the crown to know when to stop decreasing.  Here’s a wonderful chart to help you with sizing.

Zoe's Spiral hat1

Zoe's spiral hat2

Photography on a Budget

I’ve been asked on more than one occasion to share how I take pictures of my yarn work so here I am! If you are really into photography, then this video is not for you. These are simple, basic tips for making the most of what you already have to make quality shots for online sales.

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