Do you like watching the Olympics? I always look forward to it and I love summer and winter equally. Summer has gymnastics, hand ball, beach volleyball; winter has snowboarding, hockey, figure skating. It’s so amazing to see so many athletes excel. I was also pretty cool to see Ralph Lauren’s designs for the Team USA closing ceremonies uniforms. The crochet olympics team hat is awesome. But holy. Guacamole. I won’t be spending $200 on one, so I decided to make one.
Don’t let the color work intimidate you, seriously. If you work slowly and steadily, this hat will be simple for you. It’s definitely not a quick project, but it’s a very rewarding project. It turned out even prettier than I imagined, and I think you will be seeing more graphs here soon.
The trick to getting the design to line up is simply working through the back loops! I learned this neat trick from the book Modern Tapestry Crochet. It’s a perfect book for tapestry crochet beginners. She makes it SO easy.
NEVA HAT (Crochet Olympics Team Hat)
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– I Hook
– Mighty Stitch (Medium Weight Yarn) in Serrano, White and Navy
– Darning Needle
Gauge: 14 sts = 4″ (Gauge Pattern)
1. Hdc in 2ch ch from hook. Hdc in each ch. Turn. (7 sts)
2. Ch 1. hdc in same st. Hdc in next 5 sts in BLO. Hdc in last st going through both loops. Turn. (8 sts)
Repeat row 2 until your band reached approx. 19″ (or until it fits your head snugly). Achieve this measurement by gently pulling your band. You want the hat to be snug.
Fold the the band in half and sl st the ends together forming a band. Turn the band so the loop is on the top and the seam is on the inside. Continue on to the body:
Work the hat body in BLO, this allows the stitches to line up properly.
1. Ch 1. Sc around the top of the band, echieving 72 total stitches. Join.
2. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Begin working the graph on row 3. (Be sure you are working in BLO)
The graph starts at the bottom right at the beginning of row 3. Work from right to left.
You will repeat the graph three times. The graph is 24 sts, so when you reach the end of the row, you begin again on the right side of the graph.
When you are working the rows with three colors, I prefer to use a bobbin instead of carrying the yarn (see the bobbins in the materials list). You have a few when you join the red yarn for the middle of the diamond, but you will only have that many for 3 rows.
You have finished the graph. Finish your hat by working the decrease rows (26-27).
26. Ch 1. *Dc. Dc2tog* repeat all around the hat. Join. (48 sts)
27. Ch 1. Dc2tog all around the hat. Join. (24 sts)
Turn your hat inside out. Using your darning needle, sew a loose running stitch across the top of the hat and cinch it tight to close it. Tie a firm knot. Weave in your ends.
So pull on your new hat and tune in to the Olympics. They start this weekend, yay!
Stay tuned for more projects featuring color work, because it is so much fun.
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