casting on, prepare elastic as follows:
elastic around head of wearer so that it
sits where lower edge of hat will be when
Tighten it so that it is snug but comfortable,
and mark its length.
Sew securely into a
loop, with ends overlapping approx. 1 inch.
Trim excess length.
With smaller needles and MC, CO 72[80, 88,
96, 104] sts using Crochet Cast On. Be sure
to begin picking up sts at the end of the
crochet chain, instead of the beginning.
Divide sts evenly between needles and join
to begin working in the round, being careful
not to twist. Place marker or pin in work
to indicate beginning of round.
K 7 rounds.
Switch to larger needles and k 8 rounds.
Hold loop of elastic against WS of work,
just below sts on needle. Fold work in half
to WS around elastic, so that CO edge is
directly behind sts on needle.
Joining Round: *Insert tip of left needle into
first st of CO edge, k2tog (st from needle
worked together with CO st); repeat from *
to end of round.
As you work the joining round below, remove
the crochet chain from a few sts of the CO
edge at a time, placing them on a smaller
Join CC. Work 6[8, 10, 12, 14] rounds
in Stripe Pattern.
Continuing in Stripe Pattern, shape crown
as follows, beginning on Round 9[7,
5, 3, 1]:
Round 1: [K2tog, k11] to end. -[-, -, -,
2-22: K all sts.
Round 3: [K2tog, k10] to end. -[-, -, 88,
Round 5: [K2tog, k9] to end. -[-, 80, 80,
Round 7: [K2tog, k8] to end. -[72, 72, 72,
Round 9: [K2tog, k7] to end. 64 sts.
Round 11: [K2tog, k6] to end. 56 sts.
Round 13: [K2tog, k5] to end. 48 sts.
Round 15: [K2tog, k4] to end. 40 sts.
Round 17: [K2tog, k3] to end. 32 sts.
Round 19: [K2tog, k2] to end. 24 sts.
Round 21: [K2tog, k1] to end. 16 sts.
Round 23: [K2tog] to end. 8 sts. Break MC.
Using smaller needles and CC,
k 3 rounds.
Next Round: [K1, m1, k2, m1, k1] twice. 12
Next Round: [K2, m1, k2, m1, k2] twice. 16
Slip first 8 sts to waste yarn.
Divide remaining 8 sts between
needles and join to continue working in the
Round 1: K all sts.
Round 2: [K1, m1, k2, m1, k1] twice. 12 sts.
Round 3: K all sts.
Round 4: [K1, m1, k4, m1, k1] twice. 16 sts.
Rounds 5-14: K all sts.
Round 15: [K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, k1] twice.
Round 16: [K1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1] twice.
Slip first 4 sts to one needle and last 4
sts to a second neede. Graft sts on first
needle to sts on second needle.
Place held sts on needles and rejoin CC.
Work second blade in same way as first.