Hello again, Hook Nookers!
Ellen from Crochet by Ellen coming at ya’ with another ONE SKEIN wonder!
This time it’s Christmas in July and though many of us are still working with lightweight fibers, several of us are prepping for fall. Whether you are getting a head start on Christmas gifts or prepping for fall markets, this FREE pattern is sure to be a go-to item.
I am a huge fan of simple patterns with eye-catching designs. The Twisty Top Toque has a unique, eye catching texture that looks complicated, but is a perfect beginner pattern! AND…., it only uses ONE SKEIN of We Are Knitters Petite Wool! (Insert Happy Dance Here).
So, are you ready to get started?
Here we go!
· J (6.0mm) crochet hook
· L (7.0mm) crochet hook
· 1 Skein (153 yards) The Petite Wool from We are Knitters or other bulky 5 weight yarn (yardage and gauge for other yarns will vary).
· Yarn needle
· Measuring tape
dc: double crochet
hdc: half-double crochet
hdc blo: half-double crochet, back loop only
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
(#): Stitch counts at end of row
Skill level: Easy
Size: Adult (Brim approx. 22-inch circumference with 2 inches of give)
Gauge: Using the J (6.0 mm) hook, my 4” square is 8 rows x 13 hdc sts.
If your piece is smaller than this, you will want to increase your hook size. If it is larger than this, you will want to decrease your hook size. The hook size for the brim is 2 sizes (1mm) smaller than the hook used for the hat body.
Chain at beginning of each row does not count as a st.
In the repeating rows 2 and 3 of your hat body, you will be alternating between dc in the previous row’s sl st and vice versa. If you would like to increase or decrease the size of your hat, you can add or subtract rows to your brim in multiples of 2.
The Twisty Top Toque Pattern:
Brim (use the 6.0 mm hook):
Row 1. Ch 7. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (6)
Row 2. Ch 1, turn. Hdc in 1st st, hdc blo in next 4 sts, hdc in last st. (6)
Rows 3-48. Repeat Row 2
Row 49. Fold brim in half with same sides facing and seam the first and last rows by sl st across (6)
After finishing the brim, your work should look like this:
Do not finish off. You will now work on the body of your hat.
Hat Body (use 7.0mm hook):
You will now turn the brim so that you are working around the edge, in rounds. The interior of your hat will become the exterior once this section is complete. (You will notice the texture developing inside your hat as you complete each row, with the wrong side facing you).
You may use a stitch marker to mark the beginning st of each row to ensure that you join each row in the correct st.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in each st around the brim of the hat. Join to first st with sl st. (48)
Row 2: Ch 2. Dc in same st, sl st in next st, [dc, sl st]. Repeat  to end of row. Join to first st with sl st. (48)
Row 3: Ch 1. Sl st in same st, dc in next st, [sl st, dc]. Repeat  to end of row. Join to first st with sl st. (48)
Rows 4-19: Repeat rows 2-3.
Finish off your work but leave a long tail to sew up the top of the hat.
Turn your hat right side out.
Closing the top: Close the top of your hat by weaving your long end through every other stitch (dc sts) around the circumference of round 19. When you have reached the end of the round, pull your string tight (this will “cinch” the middle closed). NOTE: When working with wool you may need to be gentle when pulling your center closed, taking care not to pull your yarn apart. Tie off with a knot and pass your yarn through the middle of your hat many times to make sure it is secure.