Crochet Derby Hat
The hat is made from thick yarn, in crochet technique, with 2 strands of yarn. It is very firm and its brim can be formed as desired.
It is decorated with a silver chain and link, attached to the front.
Derby hat is a classic headpiece which never goes out of fashion. While the top and brim of the hat are made using the single crochet stitch, the crown is completed in half double crochet stitches worked in the 3rd loop, which creates a nice ribbed, knitting-like texture, and accentuates the most prominent part of the hat, adding to its beauty as well. Its simple design and shape allow you to experiment with the embelishments and details which will make your version of the hat unique. So, don’t be afraid to test your creativity and weave in a personal touch into this piece of accessory.
To make this hat, you will need basic knowledge of crocheting skills and crocheting in the rounds. Stitches used in this pattern are single crochet, half double crochet in 3rd loop, and crab stitch.
Yarn: Alize Superlana Midi; 1 skein: 100gr – 3.53 Oz, 170m –186yds; 25% Wool, 75% Acrylic. Amount: 220gr.
Hook: UK 4.5mm (US E/4) crochet hook
- Metal chain – 60cm / 23.6in long
- Metal ring – 5cm / 2in in diameter
- Or tie a scarf in your favourite color around the hat, like shown in the photos
- Yarn needle
Head circumference 20-21.5in (50-55cm)
The hat is crocheted top down in one piece, by holding 2 strands of yarn together. The top and brim of the hat are made using single crochet stitches, while the crown is completed in half double crochet worked in the 3rd loop. The last round of the brim is made using the crab stitch.
There are 3 bonus videos supporting this tutorial, showing 3 special stitches:
1. Invisible join – Watch the video below on how to do an invisible join at the end of each rnd.
2. How to do hdc in 3rd loop – Watch the video tutorial below.
3. Crab stitch – sc backwards.
Normally, you work from right to left. With the crab stitch, just work from left to right. At the beginning of last rnd, work the first sc in next st as you would usually do, but work every next sc by inserting the hook into the next st on the RIGHT from the previous st. Watch this video showing how to do the crab stitch. When you finish the last crab st, pull yarn through the top of 1st crab st and pull yarn to the back of your work. Cut yarn and weave in the end.