Well y’all, it’s that time of the year again – winter is coming (yes, I went there) and that means suddenly family and friends remember that you are a knitter or a crocheter and the requests for hats and scarves begin to flood in. There are those who are really good at getting started on their Christmas knitting/crocheting in the early fall, but there are also those who are like me – spend the summer and fall making projects for myself and pinning all my ideas from Ravelry, then rushing through the gift list 3 weeks before Christmas day.
This year, however, I’m managing to get my projects done earlier, mostly because I have so many ideas for patterns. So as it stands, two people on my growing Christmas list already have their gifts made. Someone will get the fluffy blanket scarf we posted last week, and now another person will get the Alpine crochet hat you’ll learn to make today.
Changing the topic back to crochet, I think I’m in love with the rib stitch. I am a huge fan of simple stitches that give off a very complicated attitude. The dichotomy is irresistible. It’s safe to say I’ll be looking for more stitches like it. If you know of any please drop a line in the comments section!
I used Malabrigo worsted yarn for this hat because it creates a beautiful drape, the colors are vibrant, and the finished product is really warm.
- 1 skein Malabrigo Worsted in Sapphire Green #4, 100g, 192m/210yds
- 1 skein Malabrigo Worsted in Nostalgia #623, 100g, 192m/210yds
- 5mm hook
- Tapestry needle
sc = single crochet
st (s) = stitch (es)
sl st = slip stitch
Rib Stitch: worked the same as a single crochet stitch, except instead of inserting the hook into both stitches, you only insert the hook into the back loop.
Split the skein in half so you can hold two strands together. Do this for both colors.
Chain 67, join in the round with a sl st in the Sapphire Green color.
Rnd1: Work in sc, but instead of inserting the hook through both loops, insert it only into the back loop. This creates the rib stitch. Continue working in the round until you reach the last stitch, place a stitch marker to remember where each rnd begins.
Rnds 2 – 23: Repeat rnd 1.
Change to the Nostalgia color at the end of rnd 23.
Rnds 24 – 41: continue in pattern, bind off at the end of rnd 24 with a sl st.
Assembling: Using a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through all the loops in the last round. Remove the tapestry needles and tug on the yarn to join the edge. Attach a pom-pom and you’re done! Fold up the bottom of the hat to create an extra warm rim, or wear it as a slouchy hat.
You can also download a free PDF version of this pattern on Ravelry.