I’m not a knitter by any standards, crocheter through and through here. It’s the speed you see, I love to make things quickly, and I am not a speedy knitter.
I’m also a very lazy crocheter, but we’ll go into that later.
A friend messaged me this morning, I’ve taught her some crochet techniques, and even done an emergency yarn transfer at a train station would you believe?
But today she messaged to ask if I could have a go at making some hats, and the patterns that go with them for ‘The Big Knit’. For those that don’t know, this is a campaign run every year with Innocent Smoothies in conjunction with Age UK.
People spend time making little hats that go onto the bottles, that then sit lined up in fridges ready for people to buy them. For each little hat, I think they donate 25p to the charity.
So for me, win win, I get to design, I get to use up tiny scraps from my ever growing stash, someone gets my creations at the end, and money gets donated to charity!
I had a quick look at the patterns they supply, and noticed out of quite a lot of cool designs, there are only 7 crochet patterns!
Yep, I know its called the big knit, but that takes away a lot of potential crafters, so I’m adding some patterns here for you enjoy.
The basic hat. There is a pattern for one on the website, but its is Single crochet.
This comes back to my lazy crafter, so a nice close texture needed, but hopefully it’ll grow a lot quicker with HDC.
The plan is to release one pattern a day for the next week, giving us 7 hats. Then we’ll see about some more.
The hats are all made using a 3.5mm hook (If you don’t have one, a 3.25mm or a 4mm are absolutely fine too.
Oddments of double knit yarn.
Ch – Chain
HDC – Half Double crochet
HDC2tog – Half double crochet 2 together.
SS – Slip Stitch
Round 1: Make a magic loop, ch 2 (Counts as a stitch throughout), 5HDC in the ring.
Round 2: Chain 2, 1 HDC in the base of the ch2, 2 HDC in each st around. SS to join.[12 sts]
Round 3: Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the ch2, 1 HDC, *2HDC in the next st, 1 HDC * *-* repeat around SS to top of ch2 to join. [18sts]
Round 4: Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the ch2, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 stitches. *2HDC in the next st, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 sts.* *-* repeat around, SS to top of ch2 to join. [24 sts]
Round 5-6: Ch2, 1HDC in each st around. SS to top of ch2 to join.[24sts]
Round 7: Ch2, 1HDC, 2HDC tog, *1 HDC in each of the next 2 stitches, 2HDCtog* [18sts]
Fasten off weave in ends. Turn inside out.
Such a tiny hat, needs a small pom pom, so I used the fork method. Wrapping the wool around a fork 25-30 times, and tying. The cutting either side of the fork.
Left hat and right hats, change colour for row 7.
Middle hat, change colour on rows 4, and row 7.
You can do any colour combination to make your hats, so go be wild, and don’t forgot to tag me @offthehookforyou #offthehookforyou on Instagram