Whenever I think about being a kid, I think of Disneyworld. I never went and wished I had so badly! So as I whip up my Christmas hats for all the children in my life, I thought it was only apt that this hat is named after the home of Disneyworld. So here you have the Orlando Hat.
Imagine my disappointment when I found out the DMC Toppers I bought in the US were only designed to be knit. There’s not enough yarn to even crochet a basic Toddler-sized hat! So with a pencil and some sketching later, I give you the Orlando Hat!
*Thank you to my wonderful testers. The picture above was taken prior to testing and while is a suitable fit for me, might not be for everyone, so that pattern has been adjusted to suit a wider audience- all thanks to tester feedback!
This hat is written in UK terms with US terms given in the Abbreviations section below.
Please note that from Round 4 you are working in the 3rd Loop Only. To better illustrate this, please see diagram below:
I used a semi-pooling yarn hence the Stripy effect of the hat. Please note that you will only get this effect if you use a pooling yarn.
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.
HTC = half treble crochet (US = half double crochet)
HTC3L = half treble (US = half double) crochet in the 3rd loop only.
HTC2tog3L = half treble (US= half double) crochet 2 sts together (decrease) in the 3rd loop only.
You will need:
- 5.5mm crochet hook (I use a KnitPro Waves hook which you can get here)
- 50-70m (55-80 yrds) of Aran weight yarn you’d like to use for your brim. I used Sirdar Supersoft in White.
- 30-50m (33-55yrds) is Aran weight yarn you’d like to use for your main hat. I used DMC Lil Toppers in Dog.
- Pom Pom (mine came with the yarn) 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 around, SlSt to 1st DC to join.
Optional: Change yarn colour here.
Round 3: Ch 1, HTC in same st, HTC in each remaining st around, SlSt to top of 1st HTC.
Round 4: Ch 1, HTC3L in same st, HTC3L in each remaining st around, SlSt to top of 1st HTC3L.
Round 5-12 (13,14): Repeat row 4. Or adjust for an appropriate height.
Round 13 (14, 15): Ch 1, HTC3L in same st and in the next st, HTC2tog3L, *HTC3L in the next 2 sts, HTC2tog3L*, repeat from * to * around. [Child & Adult sizes – HTC3L in last remaining 2 sts] SlSt to top of 1st HTC3L. 13 (13, 14 decreases)
Round 14 (15,16): Ch 1, HTC3L in same st, HTC2tog3L, *HTC3L in the next st, HTC2tog3L*, repeat from * to * around. [Child & Adult sizes – HTC3L in last remaining 2 sts] SlSt to top of 1st HTC3L. 13 (13, 14 decreases)
Round 15 (16,17): Ch 1, HTC2tog3L around. (13 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 Orlando Hat.
I’d love to see your finished Orlando Hat! Make sure to tag me on Instagram @lovealyuk or hashtag #lovealyuk for a chance for your project to get mentioned!
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