Braided Puff Stitch Slouch Hat
Includes instructions on where to start decreasing for a regular hat.
This is a close up view of the stitches and how they looked "braided".
Yarn: 4 ply Worsted Weight. I don't know how much I used. I used left over balls of yarn from other projects.
Hook: 5.00 mm
Size: Adult and possibly teens as well.
Puff Stitch (PS) - No need to yarn over at first, just insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop, (if you do mistakenly YO and have the stitch completed, don't worry about it, I found myself doing it a lot, hard habit to break, the stitch is fine, you don't have to re-do it.) Yarn over and repeat this 3 more times. You will have 9 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 9 loops. Ch 1 to secure. Mostly the puff stitch is done by inserting the hook and pulling up a loop 3 times but I added the extra loop for more puffiness.
Hdc2tog - YO insert hook in st, pull up a loop, YO insert hook in next st and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all loops on hook.
3 puff sts = 2 inches
The multiples of this stitch are 3 and add 2.
With color A Ch 6
Row 1 - 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, I sc in next 4 chs, ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Row 2 - Through back loops only 1 sc in each st, ch 1, turn. (5 sc) See photo on left.
Fold band in half, slip stitch the band together by putting hook through 1 st back loop and also through the first ch of the starting ch, yo pull through, put hook through 2nd back loop and next ch on starting ch, yo and pull through, continue until you have all 5 sts slip stitched together. See Photo on left.
Rows 3 to 60 - Same as Row 2.
To make a larger or smaller hat, add or subtract 3 rows. The PS pattern is in multiples of 3.
Turn band so the seam is on the inside.
Rest of Hat:
Rnd 1 - You will fit 105 sc along the end of the rows of ribbing.
Don't worry if you don't get them placed exactly, just count to make sure you have 105 sts.
Every 3 rows place 5 sts. Every 10 rows place 6 sts in 3 rows. Ch 1, make 1 sc at the end of the first row, 2 sc in the end of the next 2 rows, 1 sc at end of next row, 2 sc in the end of the next 2 rows, 1 sc at end of next row, 2 sc in the end of the next 2 rows, 2 sc in the end of next 3 rows. *1 sc at the end of the next row, 2 sc in the end of the next 2 rows, 1 sc at end of next row, 2 sc in the end of the next 2 rows, 1 sc at end of next row, 2 sc in the end of the next 2 rows, 2 sc in the end of next 3 rows.*
This may seem like a lot of sts to add, but the puff stitches really tightens up the pattern.
Repeat from * to * to the end of the ribbing and you should have 105 sts.
With color B slip stitch to join to first sc do NOT turn, ch 3. (105 sc)
Rnd 2 - Skip next 2 sts, 1 dc in next st, ch 2. See photo on left.
Go back and do a PS into the first st of this row where you made the ch 3. (Insert your hook through the st to the back, you'll be working your PS right over the dc you just made), See Photo on left
Skip 2 sts and make 1 dc in the next st, ch 2, See Photo on left.
(note these ch 2 spaces, you'll be using these spaces on the next rounds, this gives the pattern a more of a braided look rather than zigzag.),
PS in the same st where you did the previous dc. See Photo on left.
Repeat this for the rest of the Rnd. For last PS use your beginning ch 3 as a st and dc around it and ch2, See photos below
go back and do your PS in the last dc as normal. Slip stitch into top of beginning PS, ch 3 and TURN. See photos below. (35 puff sts)
If you would rather make a normal hat without the slouch, only do to Rnd 10 or 12 and then skip down to "Decreasing".
Rnds 3 to 16 – Skip the first PS, working in the top of the next PS through the securing ch 1, make 1 dc, ch 2 (see photo on left)
and back up and PS into the ch 3 of previous row where you joined at the end of the Rnd. Don't worry about the exact placement, just put it where it looks right. (See photos below)
* skip next PS and make 1 dc into next PS, ch 2, (See photo on left)
back up and PS into the ch 2 space on the PS of the previous Rnd, you will find it under and slightly to the right of the PS where you had made the previous dc (push the PS over a little and you will see it) (See photos below)
In the next 2 photos I tried to give you a better idea of where to place your PS when I was doing the next row. Look at the back of the Rnd and you can see where my hook is going through to.
Here I am doing the YO to pull up a loop.
* Repeat from * to * to where you would make your last PS. Dc into last stitch and ch 2 and back up and PS into the ch 2 space on the PS of the previous Rnd. Ch 3 and turn. (If you are going to change colors I did itI when I slip stitched into the top of beginning PS, then I chained 3 with the new color). (35 puff sts)
Rnd 17 - Repeat Rnd 3 but only ch 1 and turn.
Round 18 - You should already be facing the Right Side of the hat. Sc into first stitch, you will be only be making your sc in the 2 stitches which are on the top of the puff stitches and skip the stitches in between. Do this all the way around and at the end sl st into beginning sc. Do not turn for the remaining Rnds. ( 70 sts )
Round 19 - ch 2 and 1 hdc into the same stitch, 1 hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog, . *1 hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning sc. ( 60 hdc )
Rnd 20 - Ch 2 and hdc into the same stitch. , 1 hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog, . *1 hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning hdc. ( 50 hdc )
Rnd 21 - Ch 2 and hdc into the same stitch. , 1 hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning hdc. ( 40 hdc )
Rnd 22 - Ch 2 and hdc into the same stitch. , 1 hdc in next st, hdc2tog, *1 hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning hdc. ( 30 hdc )
Rnd 23 - Ch 2 and hdc into the same stitch, hdc2tog, *1 hdc in next st, hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning hdc. ( 20 hdc )
Rnd 24 - Ch 2, hdc2tog in the same st as the ch 2 and the next st, *hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning hdc. ( 10 hdc )
Rnd 25 - Ch 2, hdc2tog in the same st as the ch 2 and the next st, *hdc2tog * repeat for round. Slip stitch in beginning hdc. ( 5 hdc )
Cut yarn leaving a tail long enough to sew up hat. Weave your needle and yarn through the remaining 5 hdcs and pull tight and then secure.
I hope you enjoy the pattern! If you make one of these and would like to send me a copy of your photo by email (you can do that on my FAQ page. I'd love to see what beautiful color combinations you used and will post the photo here on the pattern.
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