This weekend I wanted to make winter themed hat. Normally I don’t really wear hats, but when I came across the extreme drop stitch, I knew I had to play with it. The stitch reminded me of ice so I picked some nice, blue yarn and started playing with the stitch.
I made a normal version of the hat which looks great with a pom pom. I also jumped on the bandwagon and created a bun hat version. Below you can find the steps I followed for both the bun hat and normal hat.
Later I made an autumn version with this stitch. I figured that by using the extreme drop stitch upside down, it looks like a leaf. You can find my free crochet pattern of the Leafly Autumn Hat here.
– 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:
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.
Other free hat patterns you might like
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.
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.
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