Harajuku is one of the craziest districts of Tokyo when it comes to shopping. I found myself lost in a sea of fabrics, colours, hagglers and sushi. And did I mention the Cat Cafes? So many, so adorable! So when I looked down at this vibrantly bobbly hat, the Harajuku Hat kind of stuck…!
Harajuku is named after Harajuku subway in Tokyo, and is the birth place of this Lolita-meets-cutesy-meets-girly-meets-gothic-meets-colourful style of fashion. Harajuku now pretty much stands for non-conformity and rebelling against strict societal rules and pressure to fit in.
Harajuku is about standing out and being different. It’s everything I tried to incorporate into the design of my somewhat bold hat.
I spent some time in Harajuku last year and fell in love with the quirks and vibrancy of the streets.
This hat is written in UK terms with US terms given in the Abbreviations section below.
When stretched the circumferences are as follows: Toddler size = 20″; Child size = 21″; Adult size = 23″. The sizes will be outlined in the pattern in this format: Toddler (Child, Adult)
Ch = Chain
St = stitch
Sts = stitches
SlSt = slip stitch
DC = double crochet (US = single crochet)
BLO = Back loop only
BS = bobble stitch. Yarn over and pull through st so that you have three loops on your hook, next yarn over pull through the first TWO loops, yarn over insert hook in same stitch, yarn over pull through first two loops, yarn over insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and pull through first two hoops, yarn over insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and pull through first 2 loops, you should now have 5 loops total, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.) Do not ch1 at the end.
BSDCtog = bobble stitch and UK double crochet together. Same as BS above but do not complete last yarn over and pull through. With 5 loops on the hook, insert hook into the stitch next to the near-completed bobble, yarn over and pull through. You should now have 6 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Do not ch1 at the end. You are decreasing a BS and DC together.
You will need:
- 5.5mm crochet hook (I use a KnitPro Waves hook which you can get here)
- 100-150 yards of Aran weight yarn. I used Big Twist Value Solids in Blush Pink
- Pom Pom- I got mine from Two Little Rainbows but if buying elsewhere, please read this article about fur pom poms before making a purchase.
- Yarn Needle for those pesky ends! (These with big loops for eyes are my favourite add-on EVER!)
Row 1: Ch 9, DC in second stitch from hook and DC in the next 7 stitches, ch 1 and turn. (8)
Row 2: DC in 1st, then DC in BLO of next 6 sts and finish with DC in last st. Ch 1 turn. (8)
Row 3: Repeat row 2 until you reach 52 (54, 58) rows. (8)
At the end of your last row: Ch 1 and turn then line both ends up and Slst to close. Do not fasten off.
Round 1: Ch 1, DC 52 (54, 58) evenly around. Slst to first DC to join.
Round 2: Ch 1, DC in same st, BS in next, *DC in next, BS in next*, repeat from * to * around, SlSt to 1st DC to join.
Round 3: Ch 1, DC in each st around. SlSt to top of 1st DC.
Round 4: Ch 3, BS in same st, DC in next st. *BS in next st. DC in next st* SlSt to top of Ch3.
Round 5: Repeat Round 3.
Rounds 2 – 5 make up the pattern. Repeat pattern once more.
Round 10 – 11: Repeat Rounds 2 &3.
Round 12: Ch 3, BS in same st and DC in the next st, BSDCtog, *BS in the next st, DC in the next st, BSDCtog*, repeat from * to * around. [Child & Adult sizes – BS, DC in last remaining 2 sts] SlSt to top of 1st BS. 13 (13, 14 decreases)
Round 13: Ch 1, DC in same st, DC2TOG, *DC in the next st, DC2TOG*, repeat from * to * around. SlSt to top of 1st DC. 13 (13, 14 decreases)
Round 14: Ch 3, BS in same st and DC in the next st, BSDCtog, *BS in the next st, DC in the next st, BSDCtog*, repeat from * to * around. [Child & Adult sizes – BS, DC in last remaining 2 sts] SlSt to top of 1st BS. 13 (13, 14 decreases)
Round 15: Ch 1, DC in same st, DC2TOG, *DC in the next st, DC2TOG*, repeat from * to * around. SlSt to top of 1st DC. 13 (13, 14 decreases)
Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Use this tail to weave around the top 13 (15, 16) sts to close the top. Attach pom pom if you wish and voila! You have a finished Harajuku Hat.
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