First of all – I bought some yarn that has a really nice color and texture. Unfortunately it’s way too thick to be pleasant to wear in summer, so I split it. The yarn consists of four separate threads, each of which is a mix of white cotton and natural colored linen. With two threads this works just fine. For those of you that hasn’t got the patience to do this, just buy some yarn that you like and that is suitable for a 2,5 mm hook, and start from there.
Setup round: Chain 128 stitches and joint to a ring with a slip stitch. (Most patterns start from the top, and that’s just fine if you know that you’ll end up having a hat that fits your head, but you normally don’t, so I start from the bottom, so that I could check if it fitted right away.)
Round 1 – 5: Start the round with a chain stitch, then work single crochets all around, and join each round with a slip stitch.
Round 6 – 22: Start the round with 3 chain stitches, then *skip 1 stitch, 1 half double crochet in the next stitch, 1 chain stitch*, repeat from * to * all round, and join with a slip stitch in the 2nd of the three chain stitches you started with.
Round 23 – 25: As row 1 – 5.
Round 26: Put markers every 16 stitches and decrease 1 stitch for each marker. Decrease from 2 to 1 stitches invisibly like this: In the first stitch just hook the yarn on to the needle, but don’t pull through – leave the loop on the needle. Then hook the yarn onto the needle in the second stitch, and finally pull through all three loops.
Round 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43 and 45: As row 1 – 5.
Round 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44: As row 26.
Round 46, 47, 48, 49, 50: As row 26.
Round 51: Use the same decrease stitch as earlier, but now you reduce from 8 to 4 stitches, and pull the thread through.
Optional: Flower, make a hat of it (coming up soon).