How to Crochet a Simple Cloche-Style Hat

If you’re looking to make a different style of hat in just a few hours, here’s a simple tutorial for a cloche-style hat.

DSCN0692For this project, I used the Earth color from the Loops & Threads Impeccable line.  Although I used the Impeccable Big! yarn, I’m fairly certain one normal skein of yarn will suffice.  I also used a 5.50 mm crochet hook, or I9.

To begin, create a slip knot and chain one hundred and eight times.  Perform a slip stitch in the first chain that you created so that the ends are connected.  Now, we can begin the zigzag effect.  To do this, single crochet once in the next three stitches.  Now, single crochet three times in the next stitch.  Single crochet once in each of the next three stitches.  Skip two stitches and continue.  Perform the procedure in bold eleven more times.  Now that you have completed one row, continue this method for seven more rows.

Combine StitchesOnce you have completed the rows, single crochet in the next one hundred and twelve stitches.  Now, crochet the next two stitches together following the method shown in the box to the right.

Single crochet seven times and crochet the next two stitches together.  Perform this method twenty-one more times.

Once you have completed that, double crochet in the next one hundred and seventy-four stitches, which will give you two more rows (eighty-seven stitches per row).

Now, double crochet eight times and crochet the next two stitches together.  Do this sixteen more times.

Double crochet six times and combine the next two stitches.  Do this eleven more times.

Double crochet five times and combine the next two stitches.  Do this nine more times.

Double crochet four times and combine the next two stitches.  Do this seven more times.

Combine the next two stitches.  Do this fourteen more times.

Now, you can fasten off the yarn.

DSCN0683Displayed to the left is the hat without the finished brim.  There are many things you can do here.  You can leave it as is, so that you have a zigzag beanie-type hat, you can create a few more rows at the bottom to make a cloche-style hat with the zigzag, or you can do what I did and create a brim with less of the zigzag effect.

To do this, tie the yarn to the beginning yarn or at a place near where you began.  Now, single crochet for one row around the hat and combine the next two stitches.

Single crochet six times and combine the next two stitches.  Repeat this twenty more times.

Now, double crochet for one row around the hat.  You can do this as many times as you like if you want a bigger brim.  I did this for a total of three rows.  Perform a slip stitch in the last stitch to end it and fasten off.

Of course, you an use any color yarn you would like for this project.  It may be better with lighter colors to make the zigzag effect more visible.

Please note that this is the first hat I have ever made and it took me a while because I kept unraveling it to create the right pattern I wanted.  In reality, it shouldn’t take more than a few hours to make.

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