Updated: Apr 12
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I'm so excited to share my next hat pattern. The Nikki is a special one for me because it is the very first hat pattern I created!!
The Nikki is a slouchy hat with tons of texture. This is (of course) a knit and crochet hat using a knit brim and a crochet hook for the hat body. But of course, if you're not a knitter, no worries, I also tell you hot to make the brim using a crochet hook as well.
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How it Began
I had made a trip to one of my fav LYS, Unwound, where, yet again, I found way more things than I had planned (#sorryynotsorry). But, I saw this super cute yarn by Dye Money Yarns in this amazing red color called Cranberry that I HAD to buy (Fun fact: in 2019 Wisconsin was the #1 producer of cranberries).
I sat around trying to decide what I wanted to do with this amazing yarn and after some thought, I decided I wanted to myself a hat. I remembered one of the first things I learned how to do with knitting was a folded brim hat, but I wanted lots of textured, and more versed in crochet techniques at the time than knit. and so the merge was created.
I was playing with design, while one of my friends was up for a visit during the holiday season. She helped me get the final look I wanted for the hat. So of course, the name of this hat was after her (thanks Nikki)!
I've made this hat for myself and all my daughters. In fact, my 3rd kid just asked that I make her a second one because the first one I made her is now too small.
Below are examples of the hat in Toddler, Kid and Adult. The Blue is the toddler size in Dye Monkey Yarns - SW Salsa. The Red is an Adult Size hat also in Dye Monkey Yarns - SW Salsa. The white is also an adult size, made with an alpaca tube yarn (now discontinued). And the Pink one is my latest finished hat, in kid size. I used Fairy Tale Yarns - Queen’s Worsted specifically in I Must Not Tell Lies.
OK, Details for the Hat
This pattern is written using standard U.S. terms. Basic stitch knowledge is assumed.
Finished Measurements (all are approximate)
Length (When folded in half and at the widest point of brim): 9 inches (22.86 centimeters)
Circumference (at the widest point of brim): 18 inches (45.72 centimeters)
Height (not counting Pom): 10 inches (25.4 centimeters)
Length (When folded in half and at the widest point of brim): 8 inches (20.32 centimeters)
Circumference (at the widest point of brim): 16 inches (40.64 centimeters)
Height (not counting Pom): 8.25 inches (21 centimeters)
Length (When folded in half and at the widest point of brim): 6 inches (15.24 centimeters)
Circumference (at the widest point of brim): 12 inches (30.48 centimeters)
Height (not counting Pom): 8 inches (20.32 centimeters)
Will fit most 1-4yr olds
Length (When folded in half and at the widest point of brim): 5.75 inches (14.605 centimeters)
Circumference (at the widest point of brim): 11.5 inches (29.21 centimeters)
Height (not counting Pom): 7.5 inches (19.05 centimeters)
Will fit 9-12 months
For project (max amount): approximately 211.5 yards (193.3 meters)
A Long piece of scrap cotton yarn for provisional cast on ( I highly recommend a cotton yarn).
Crochet hook and needle
1-H6 (4.00mm) crochet hook (for Crocheting brim ONLY)
1-US 6 (4.00mm) 16” circular knitting needles (If you choose to knit the brim)
For Baby Hat ONLY
1-C2 (2.75 mm) crochet Hook (for Crocheting brim ONLY)
1-US 2 (2.75 mm) 9” circular knitting needles (If you choose to knit the brim)
Pom Pom (Faux Fur or yarn)
Finishing needle for weaving in ends
Scissors for cutting weaving edges
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Gauge For All Hat sizes (except BABY): 8 sc 11 rows will be approximately a 2”X2” square using medium yarn and H8 (5.00mm) crochet hook (Or hook size needed to obtain gauge).
For Knit Brim (all sizes except BABY): Cast on 24, K1P1 (twisted) for 22 rows. Within that swatch you should be able to measure a 2"X2" square. Within that square you should have 10 stitches and 18 rows.
For baby size
For Crochet Hat: (using the 5mm hook) 8 sc 11 rows will be approximately a 2”X2” square using medium yarn and H8 (5.00mm) crochet hook (Or hook size needed to obtain gauge).
For Knit Brim: Cast on 24, K1P1 (twisted) for 22 rows. Within that swatch you should be able to measure a 2"X2" square. Within that square you should have 10 stitches and 18 rows.
Every Round Ends with a slip stitch, do NOT turn, except on rows indicated
The Ch at the beginning of each round is NOT a Stitch (unless otherwise noted)
Terms to Know
CO: cast on
PM: Place Maker
K 1X1 Ribbing: Knit one by one Ribbing
K 1X1 Twisted Ribbing: Knit one by one Twisted Ribbing
SC in back look: Single Crochet in the Back Loop
SC: Single Crochet
SC2tog: Single Crochet two Together
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
* * = Repeat instructions between * and * the number of times indicated
K 1X1 Ribbing: Knit 1, Purl 1
K 1X1 Twisted Ribbing: Knit 1 tbl, purl 1
Single crochet in the back loop: Insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only, Yarn over (YO), pull up a loop. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on hook.
Single Crochet (SC): insert into stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on hook.
Single Crochet two together (SC2tog): insert into stitch, Yarn over (YO), pull up a loop. Insert hook into next stitch, Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on hook.
HDC (Half Double Crochet): Yarn over (YO), insert your hook and pull up a loop. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all 3 loops.
Double Crochet (DC): Yarn over (YO), insert your hook and pull up a loop. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops (two left on hook). Yarn over (YO) and pull through the last 2 loops.
*The Main pattern is for the adult size. Notes for the Baby, Toddler and Kid sizes are noted by color.*
Starting with circular knitting needles:
CO *86 (80, 76, 86) sts using the provisional CO
PM; join in-the-round, being careful not to twist
Knit one round 1x1 ribbing
Knit 1x1 twisted ribbing for 3.5” (should be 30 rounds)
Fold brim under and connect CO edge to live stitches; unzip the provisional CO one stitch at a time, knitting the CO stitch and live stitch together. Do this all the way around until brim is completely folded and joined. Be sure to tuck the CO tail within the folded brim – no need to weave it in!
Knit another round all the way around
Switch to your Crochet Hook
SC all 86 stitches off the needles. [to SC the stitches off the needle, remove the Marker, with your crochet hook, remove the 1st stitch on your left hand needle with your hook. YO, pull the loop through, ch1, then sc into the original loop. Then, *remove another loop off your left hand side with the hook keeping your hook in the loop, YO, pull loop through. Now you have 2 loops on the hook, YO and pull through both loops on hook.* continue repeating ** until you reach the 1st sc, sl st] (80, 76, 86)
Need a visual? Check out this video on how to do the knitted brim
OR You can grab your smaller crochet hook first
Ch 13 (7), sc in second ch from hook, sc to end, turn (12, 6)
ch 1, *sc in back loops to end, turn, ch1* repeat ** until your edging has reached 20(16, 12, 11.5) inches (or your desired size). Match up your two ends and slst together, do not fasten off!
Switch to your larger Crochet Hook
Fold in half, tuck in the end tail (no need to weave in).
SC a total of 86 (80, 76, 86) into the side of your brim, sl st to 1st sc.
On to the hat:
Round 1: ch 2, Dc around (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 2: ch 2, Hdc around, slip stitch, turn (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 3: facing the wrong side...
Repeat the above around, slip stitch, turn (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 4: Ch1, Sc around (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 5-20(20/12/12): repeat rounds 1-4 four (four, three, three) times (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 21(21/13/13): Ch2, dc around (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 22(22/14/14): Ch1, Hdc around, slip stitch, turn (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 23(23/15/15): repeat row 3 (86, 80, 76, 86)
Round 24(24/16/16): Ch1, 2sctog around (43, 40)
Round 25(25/17/17): Ch2, dc around (43, 40, 38, 43)
Round 26(26/18/18): Ch1, Hdc around, slip stitch, turn (43, 40, 38, 43)
Round 27(27/19/19): repeat row 3 (43, 40, 38, 43)
Round 28(28/20/20): Ch1 2sctog around (20, 16) until the last stitch, sc (22, 22)
Cut a long tail and weave into each stitch. Pull tightly to bring the top of the hat together. Pull through the inside of the hat. Tie off and weave in ends.
Add pom-pom of your choice.
That's it! Enjoy!
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