Frozen winter bun hat

frozen-winter-bun-hat-bannerThis weekend I wanted to make a hat that would be perfect for the winter. Normally I don’t really wear hats, but when I came across the extreme drop stitch, I knew I had to play with it. I made a bun hat version and normal version, below you can find the steps I followed for both the bun hat and normal hat.

Materials
– 6mm hook (US J hook)
– Worsted yarn that matches the hook size. Blue and white (or any other color you like).

Abbreviations/stitches you should know:
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single crochet
Dc: double crochet (US)
Inc: increase (2 stitches in next stitch)
Dec: decrease (next 2 stitches together)
Skip: skip the next stitch
**: repeat between **
(): amount of stitches at the end of the row
Extreme drop stitch: Yarn over, insert your hook in the next gap, pull up a loop. Do this again, you’ll now have 5 loops on your hook. Go to the gap underneath it and pull up a loop twice, you now have 9 loops on your hook. Go to the lowest gap in the middel and pull up a loop three times (15 loops on your hook now). Go one row up on the left side, pull up a loop twice (19 loops now). Go to the highest gap above, pull up 2 loops, you will end with 23 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops together. Close the stitch with a chain.

YouTube video
I’ve made a video explaining how to make the (written pattern below).

Note: I worked in joined rounds (vs. continuous rounds). Also, I start rows with a normal double crochet instead of 3 chains. But both methods will be fine.

Brim
Use white yarn
R1: chain 6
R2: skip 1st chain, 5hdc, chain 1 (5)
R3-R42: 5hdc in back loops only, chain 1 (5)
Hold both brim ends together and sitch them together with hdc in the back loops only.
Note: For me the band was long enough after 42 rounds. If this is too wide or small, adapt it to your size by fitting it around your head.

Extreme drop stitches
We’re now working in the round. Each row from your rib will count as 1 stitch. The pattern asks for at least 8 stitches. So your total amount of stitches should be able to be divisible by 8. I have tried a lot and figured out 72 stitches fits me. If you need a smaller hat, try 64 or 54 stitches.

R1: Attach white yarn to the brim. We are now going to sc around on one side of the brim. However, as the brim is only 40sc long, we will make *4sc inc, 1 sc* around (this means *2 single crochet stitches in one stitch, repeat this 4 times, and then make 1 normal single crochet*)
By doing this, we will end up with 72 stitches. If you need a smaller hat with 64 stitches, *3inc, 2sc* around.
R2: *7dc, chain one, skip the next stitch* around (72)
R3: 1dc, 1ch (you can also make 4 chains for this first stitch), skip next stitch, *3dc, 1ch, skip, 1dc, 1ch, skip, 1dc, 1ch, skip* around, 3dc, 1ch, skip, 1dc, 1ch, slip stitch in first dc (72)
R4: 1dc, 1ch (or chain 4), skip, *1dc, 1ch, skip* around, slip stitch in first dc (72)

Attach blue yarn.
R5: Get ready for the extreme drop stitch!
*1dc in the dc from the previous row, 1dc in the gap from the previous row, 1dc in the next dc, 1ch. Extreme drop stitch* (72)
R6: 2dc in the gap from the previous row, 3dc, *2dc in the gap, 1ch, 2dc in the next gap, 3dc* around, 2dc in the gap, 1ch, close with a slip stitch in the first dc (72)
Note: all the 1ch stitches will create a gap above the extreme drop stitch from the previous row.
R7 & 8: Repeat row 3 and 4 (72)

Change to white yarn.
R9: Repeat row 5 (72)
R10: 1dc around (54)
Note: where we first put 2dc in the gaps before and after drop stitches, we now only make one dc in the gaps. Also, make one dc above each drop stitch (in previous rows we made chains here).
R11: *1dc, 1dc dec* around (36)
R12: dc dec around (18)
R13: *1dc, 1dc dec* around (12)
R14: Sc around to finish the hole

Closed top – normal hat
If you don’t want to make a bun hat, you can follow the same steps until round 13.
R14: dc dec around (6)
Cut the yarn. Leave a long end for sewing and go through all 6 loops with a sewing needle to close the hat.

Video extreme drop stitch

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    Sandy
    24 September 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Wilma, Would you happen to have a pattern for the crochet hat Frozen for children? I have 5 grand-daughters who would love to have Santa bring them each, a Frozen hat this Christmas. I just came across your site, and couldn’t believe all the cute patterns. I signed up right away to get more of your patterns. Thanks for all time that you have put into your site, and letting us have them for free. Thanks again, Sandy Isaacs – sisaacs@fuse.net

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      Wilma
      2 October 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Sandy, I don’t have the exact amount of stitches for children yet, but I will make one for my niece. I will write down how much stitches I used and let you know!

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      Ginger
      18 October 2017 at 1:43 am

      Hi Wilma!
      Darling hat! Would you please share th brand and color or the blue yarns you used? I too am experimenting with reducing the size of the hat for my grand daughters!

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    Lana
    17 September 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Hello. I am on th first row of the extreme drop stitch. I have pulled it out so many times I’ve lost count. I am doing a band size of 64 stitches. Every time I finish the extreme drop stitch round my stitch count is only 56 I have watched the video many times to see if I’m missing a chain space somewhere but if I am I can’t figure it out. I am doing 3 dc chain 1 and then the drop stitch and close with a chain then chain 1 and starting all over for the next stitch. No matter how many times I do this my stitch count is still 56. Am I missing a chain 1 somewhere? Please help.

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      Vanessa
      22 October 2017 at 1:47 pm

      I think there was a math mistake, if it needs to be divisible by 8, it would be 72 or 64 or 56. I believe you have it right with 56 but maybe Wilma can verify.

      • Reply
        Wilma
        22 October 2017 at 1:54 pm

        So sorry for my late reply, I didn’t see your comment. Thanks to Vanessa I got a notification.
        The rows with the extreme drop stitch indeed have less stitches – the row after the extreme drop stitches it will be back to the normal amount of stitches. I will make another Frozen Winter hat soon and count the amount of stitches at the extreme drop stitch row – I think 56 will be correct!

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    Krista
    9 September 2017 at 12:06 am

    Hi Wilma!
    I am following your pattern, but do have a small issue that I can’t seem to figure out. After completing round 6, I only have 54 stitches and the pattern says I should have 72. Any ideas?

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      Krista
      9 September 2017 at 12:54 am

      Figured it out.

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    karen
    30 January 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I really love this pattern but it has me at my wits end. can you please tell me how on rows 1,2, and 3 have 72 stitches.Is there a revised pattern or something that explains this better. I have been crocheting for over 40 yrs and this one has me so stumped. Please if can help me

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      Wilma
      30 January 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Karen, after making the rib, you’ll be working in the round. You have 40 rows = 40 stitches where you can make a single crochet. However, you’ll need more sc, otherwise the hat becomes too small. So increase to 72 by making *4 increases, 1sc* around. 4 increases means you make 2sc in one stitch for the following 4 stitches. Hope this helps! If not, please let me know.

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        Rockelle
        31 October 2017 at 6:10 pm

        Do we not count the first two rows in order to get 40? If we are doing rows 1-42 wouldn’t that give us 42 stitches around the brim? I tried to follow along with the video but it also has been confusing and doesn’t seem to make sense with the pattern :/

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    Karen
    19 January 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I have made 3. However, I have done the band with alternating fpdc/bpdc rather than as you have suggested, thus for ME a smoother transition to the rest of the hat. I was very happy the way they turned out, and would be happy to share pics if you are interested.

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    Linda Greer
    19 January 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Please email me some instructions as I am having trouble making the snowflakes

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    Joanne
    18 January 2017 at 1:57 am

    Hi Wilma, thank you for taking the time to write and publish this lovely pattern for free.

    I too have been crocheting many years and I can’t seem to get beyond the brim without having my count off. You advise to do 42 rows of ribbing. Then to SC in each one (that would make 42 sc, right?) and somehow your count decreases to 40? I’m confused. I also wondered about the beginning of round 3. If you do a double crochet ch1 and/or ch 4 to start it off then immediately go into the 3dc ch1 sk1 dc1 ch1 sk1 dc1 pattern when you get back around to the beginning the pattern is off. Should we be skipping a stitch after the ch4? No mention of this and when I get back around to the end of the repeat ch1 skip 1 I end up at the beginning chain 4 that is also a DC ch 1. This breaks the rep. I haven’t even tried the drop stitches yet! Thank you for your attention and response

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      Wilma
      18 January 2017 at 10:22 am

      Hi Joanne, thank you for your kind reply.
      42 rows are actually 40 stitches, because I count the first 6 chains as row 1, but this is actually no stitch. So you actually make 41 rows of HDC (because row 1 are chains), but by slip stitching the two ends together at the end, you only have 40 gaps left to sc in. Hope this makes it more clear!
      Personally I started every row with a DC instead of ch3, but I know many people use chains for the first stitch, that’s why I mentioned it. I didn’t have lining problems because I started every first stitch the same: in the same stitch as the slip stitch. And yes, you’re right, the first stitch is a DC + chain (and skip one stitch), I will add this to the pattern to make it more clear, thank you for letting me know!
      Also, in my video at the top of the page I show all the rounds of this pattern, hope this makes it more clear. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know 🙂

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        Joanne
        18 January 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Thank you Wilma! I got up at 4 AM this morning and was determined to understand this pattern. I think I got it! Very pretty pattern.

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    heidi
    16 January 2017 at 5:30 am

    When doing my blue round I have 54 stitches not 72 took it out 4 times I do the three doubles and ch then the drop stitch….what am doing g wrong? My previous white round has 72 stitches!

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      Wilma
      16 January 2017 at 10:28 am

      Hi Heidi, you need an amount that can be divided by 8. Try 56! 🙂

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        heidi
        16 January 2017 at 3:26 pm

        On which round? The band is 42 with a 8 mm hook only way I could get that to work out…I am following this pattern but says blue round should be 72 stitches how? There is no way…I’m sad I want this to work it’s beautiful!

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          Krista
          9 September 2017 at 12:23 am

          I’m having the same problem. Did you ever figure this out?

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    Linda Greer
    15 January 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Love this pattern and am a 45 year crocheting but you crochet to fast and I am on the snow flake row,but can’t figure it out so will you help me
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    Alexandra
    11 January 2017 at 1:59 am

    I’m trying to make this hat based on a round of 64, not 72. I cannot get round 6 to come out right. There are not enough stitches to end up with 64. Please can you tell e what I’m doing wrong? Thank you

    • Reply
      Wilma
      11 January 2017 at 10:54 am

      Hi Alexandra, do you mean row 1 of the drop stitch part or do you mean row 6 after you made the drop stitches? x

      • Reply
        Alexandra
        11 January 2017 at 8:00 pm

        I’ve managed to complete the extreme drop stitch row finally, based on a round of 64 stitches, not 72. However I am not understanding the next row, which would be row 6, the first row of the next three rows for the next extreme drop.

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          Wilma
          11 January 2017 at 8:09 pm

          This row you’ll make *3DC, 2DC in the gap before the drop stitch, chain 1, skip the drop stitch, make 2DC in the gap after the drop stitch*. In total this is 8 stitches (3dc, 2dc before, chain 1, 2dc after). Click here to see this part in my video: https://youtu.be/oqaLf5dP7v8?t=9m38s

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      Cassandra Fenkner
      30 March 2017 at 4:30 am

      The beginning of row 6,it says to start with 2 DC in the gap. DO NOT DO THIS. Begin with 3 DC across the first 3 stitches . Then follow instructions between the *, ending with 2 DC in gap, chain 1, 2 DC in gap then slip stitch to the first double crochet. Essentially, you are mobbing the 2 DC from the beginning of the round to the end of the round. This is the only way I could get it to work out! Hope this helps! Lol though I see your comment is from a few months back

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        Wilma
        22 May 2017 at 11:54 pm

        Thank you for your help, Cassandra! And sorry for my late response, didn’t see your comment before. When I get home from vacation I will check and update the pattern! Thanks again 🙂 x

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    Nancy
    8 January 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I love this hat, but, also had problems with it. My gaps didn’t line up until I followed the video, but, when it came to making the drop stitches, they just looked terrible. I finally gave up and made another hat. Having said all this, your video was a bit quick to follow the first time, I had to watch 3 or 4 times before it became easier to follow. I will try this hat again because I really like it,just need to relax. Thank you for designing this beautiful hat.

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      Wilma
      11 January 2017 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Nancy! I’m sorry you had lining up problems. Do you start each row in the same stitch as the slip stitch? x

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    carolyn
    6 January 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I love this hat pattern..very well done on the video which is what I followed, then the written one made sense….I have mistakes but it’s a beautiful hat…thank you!!

    • Reply
      Wilma
      7 January 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much Carolyn. I’m glad the video helped making the pattern more understandable! 🙂 x

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    Sandy
    6 January 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Wilma! I followed your video this morning and made a beautiful hat. I made a few mistakes along the way and the second row of extreme drop stitches was tough because of how my holes lined up, but it came out awesome! Thank you for the pattern!!

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      Wilma
      7 January 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you so much Sandy, I’m glad you managed to finish the hat with an awesome result 😀 x

  • Reply
    Kaen
    6 January 2017 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern!

    • Reply
      Wilma
      7 January 2017 at 11:31 pm

      You’re so welcome x

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    Ruth Johnson
    3 January 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I am having the same trouble as in the 1st comment. I have taken my work out a 1/2 dozen times, reworked it skipping the 1st st on rows 2 & 3, working across so many on row 4 and then counting for the drop stitch and the gaps just don’t line up. I have been crocheting for over 40 years & I’ve never seen such poorly written directions. You do not explain if you join at the ends of rounds, you also did not explain clearly how to do the drop stitch IE: working around stitches of previous rounds or over all stitches. I had to watch the video to find out how it is worked. I have been able to read a pattern from day one of my crocheting years but find all yours very hard to understand so I can believe how hard it is for someone that’s just learning.

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      Wilma
      3 January 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Ruth. I will look what I can do to improve this (and future) pattern(s). If you have suggestions, please let me know.

    • Reply
      Shell
      15 January 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Wow. That’s a really rude, unnecessary comment on something that this nice person did for FREE. She took her time and effort and have us a lovely pattern. I can’t imagine being so nasty for no reason.

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      Shell
      15 January 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Wow. That’s a really rude, unnecessary comment on something that this nice person did for FREE. She took her time and effort and gave us a lovely pattern. I can’t imagine being so nasty for no reason.

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      Christy
      17 January 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I have not started this and I have every intention to make a few. Wilma, thank you for taking time out of your day to share your creativity with the rest of us who do not share your same talent. I would like to thank you. Should I run in to any problems I will do one of 2 things, find a different pattern to work or message you for clarity because it’s probably me messing up 🙂
      There is really no reason to bash anyone sharing THEIR work. Thank you again for SHARING !

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    Tamra
    31 December 2016 at 5:04 am

    I absolutely love this pattern. But I am having a lot of trouble! I’m only on row 3 and my gaps aren’t lining up and I’m going crazy. I have pulled out my work 4 times, recounted and everything matches. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I think my issue is finding the stitches on the brim. Could that be the issue? I’m still getting 72 sc stitches…. I’m at a loss. Really.

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      Michelle
      2 January 2017 at 7:34 am

      Hi, are you starting each round with a chain? If you start the rounds without chaining, at all, the stitches line up. Hope this helps. 🙂

    • Reply
      Wilma
      3 January 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Tamra,

      The stitches on the brim couldn’t be the problem I think, as long as you get 72 stitches. Because with those stitches you will work the rest of the rows.

      Do you have this lining problem only at one place or everywhere? I think the problem starts at row 3, when you have to start at the last chain + dc of a ‘serie’. Can you maybe make a picture and send it to me on instagram or facebook?

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    Lona
    31 December 2016 at 12:41 am

    Hi! I’m working this pattern tonight, my first try at it. I’m using RHSS worsted weight yarn and the size J hook. My stitch count is correct but so far the size of the beanie itself (not the brim) looks large. Does this self-correct as the decreases are done at the top?

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    brenda
    29 December 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Is the video above the revised (correct) version ? I see some concerned about a wrong count ,, is it fixed in the video above ? I am going to attempt to make this..I Love it Thank You

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      Wilma
      29 December 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Yes, I added a ‘warning box’, but somehow YouTube only shows it on desktops, not on smartphones. The pattern on this page is also updated. I wrote ‘8inc, 1sc’ which should be ‘4 inc, 1sc’ 🙂

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    Martha
    29 December 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Will chunky yarn be okay to make this frozen bun hat? This yarn requires a 6.5 Hook.

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      Wilma
      29 December 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Yes, I think this will turn out great, but I think you’ll need to make less stitches. Make sure to measure it on your head while making it so it will not be too large!

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    Filomina
    28 December 2016 at 3:31 am

    Hello Wilma,.

    Wat is dat hoetje leuk. Ik zal het proberen.

    Ineke

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      Wilma
      29 December 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Dankjewel Ineke!

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    Debbi Brown
    28 December 2016 at 3:10 am

    Could you do a video for this pattern to fit a 5 yr old…I have 6 to make …thank you
    It’s gorious

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    Michelle
    27 December 2016 at 8:44 pm

    What should happen at Row 11?

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      Wilma
      27 December 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Woops, I made a mistake in the counting, thanks for letting me know. I’ve changed it now. There wasn’t a step missing, just a wrong number 🙂

      • Reply
        Michelle
        28 December 2016 at 12:33 am

        Phew!! Thanks so much for fixing that!! Almost done my version.

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    amber
    27 December 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I’m having a hard time. I did 42 rows for the brim. I’m doing 4sc inc, sc and coming out with way more than 72 stitches. What could I be doing wrong? In the video you say 8sc inc. I’m confused! Lol

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      Wilma
      27 December 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Amber,

      Yes, I made a mistake in the video, it should be 4 increases followed by 1 normal sc. I added an info box in the video, but somehow this is only shown on browsers, not on phones 🙁 Anyway, if you made it till round 42, you normally would have 40sc if you made 1sc in every space. To get to 72, you make 4 increases (which is 8) + 1 normal sc (in total 9). Repeat this 8 times (you should be at the end of the row now) and the total should now be 72!

      If you somehow don’t manage to get 72 stitches, try making a few less or more increases (depending on how many you have) at the end. Hope this helps!

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    Sherry
    24 December 2016 at 4:21 am

    I’m not too good at crocheting. I am having a problem understanding the first row after doing the brim. Do you have a video by chance?

    • Reply
      deb
      24 December 2016 at 10:06 pm

      yes there is a video at the top of this page

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    Heidi B
    23 December 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Wilma! First of all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! I know you mentioned any worsted weight yarn for use in the making of the hat, but could you let me know what brand you used? I always like to use the same yarn as crochet designers use, so I can get the best result! Thank you so much xx

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      Wilma
      23 December 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Heidi, thank you! Merry Christmas to you also! I used yarn from a local shop called Action, they don’t ship any of their products. However, I’ve seen people making the hat with yarn from the US. One lady told me she used 2 strands caron simply soft and she needed 64 stitches (instead of 72) to make it fit. Hope this helps! x

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    Kem
    23 December 2016 at 3:22 am

    Could you pls explain what to do between the extreme drop stitches. It seems there sb 3dcs like at the start but if I do those dcs(in the dc, sp and dc in previous row then that puts me off for doing the next extreme drop stitch. I’ve redone this 3 times and follow directions exactly and watched your video and it’s not working for me. Maybe if you explain steps between each drop stitch section that would help me. Thanks!!

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      Wilma
      23 December 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Kem,

      I also had this problem once, you should make sure you do not use the right upper gap which is used for the extreme drop stitch. When I had that problem with my first hat, I frogged a bit, by making the 3dc (indeed in dc, gap, dc previous row) in the same stitch as the previous extreme drop stitch. I hope you know what I mean, just try to put the 3dc somewhere as long as you do not use the gap which you need for the next drop stitch! The hats I made later didn’t have this problem, so I don’t know where this comes from 😮

      Also, I’ll upload a longer video tonight!

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    Kem
    22 December 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Love this. Going into my stash now for red and white to make one. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Reply
      Wilma
      23 December 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Awesome, I also made a red-white one today! Really christmassy 🙂 x

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    Karen
    22 December 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you so much. I’ll be giving it a go this evening.
    So kind of you to share especially taking the time out during this busy season. Happy Holidays!
    Karen

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      Wilma
      23 December 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Karen, good luck and also happy holidays to you! x

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