Thursday Pattern: Crochet Men’s Hat

Okay, to keep to my promise here’s the second charity themed men’s hat. This is crocheted in a very bulky fashion with the yarn held double, so it’s very fast to crochet. I like this because it’s great for emergency gifts and charity.

Now remember the entire purpose of this and last week’s men’s hats is a charity theme so if you are interested in donating hats or any other item here are a few charity groups:

Knits for Needs (take both knitted and crocheted items- requested men’s hats not long ago)

Project Linus – takes 40″x60″ size blankets for security blankets for terminally ill children.

The Mother Bear Project – send stuffed bears to children whose lives have been affected by HIV or AIDS (you have to buy the pattern from them, but as the money goes to getting the bears into the hands of these kids, can you begrudge them?)

Disabled American Veterans– This is a charity that has taken on new meaning to us as more and younger men come back from war wounded. I have to say that this is the charity I had in mind when I designed the two hats.

With no more further ado, the pattern:

Materials: Lion Brand Organic Cotton, 1 skein each of Macadamia and Pecan

Size M crochet hook

Replacement yarn: about 70 yds of any 2 colors of aran weight yarn

Gauge: 4 sts / 3 rows per 2 inches

hat

Holding 2 yarns as one, create an adjustable loop, chain(ch) 1, half-double crochet (hdc) into the loop 8 times and pull it tight, slip stitch (sl st) into the first hdc to join, ch 1.

Row 1: 2 hdc in each stitch of previous round, sl st to join, ch 1 (16 sts)

Row 2: 1 hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat 8 times, {if desired drop one of the yarns before finishing the last st and holding 2 yarns of the same color as 1, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook} sl st to join, ch 1(24 sts)

Row3 3: 1 hdc in first 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, repeat 8 times, sl st to join, ch1 (32 sts)

Row 4: hdc in every stitch of previous round{if desired drop one of the yarns before finishing the last st and holding 2 yarns of different colors, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook} sl st to join, ch 1 (32 sts)

Row 5-11: hdc in every stitch of previous round, each round changing one color of the 2 yarns you hold (sl st to join, ch 1)

Row 12: hdc in every stitch of previous round repeating the color combination of the previous round, sl  st to join, break yarn and weave in ends.

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