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After falling in love with the Waistcoat Stitch AKA the Knit Stitch, I needed to create yet another pattern, the Swirly Heart Hat pattern. The two other patterns that also use the waistcoat stitch are the Love is in the Air Beanie and the Snowflakes Messy Bun Hat.
I created the Swirly Heart Hat pattern after so many people requested me making it and they saw the tutorial I created for the waistcoat stitch on both, my Facebook page and my Youtube channel. This pattern is slightly different but similar than the stitch tutorial.
In order to understand the waistcoat stitch, please click HERE (leads to you to my last post explaining the stitch).
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The pattern is designed for an adult/teen head but can be adjusted to make it bigger and smaller as the pattern includes a specific stitch repeat that can be made more or less of to change the size of the beanie.
A 5.0mm hook was used for the pattern and I used the Premier Deborah Norville’s Everyday Heather yarn that can be purchased HERE , as well as the Premier Deborah Norville’s Everyday yarn which can be purchased HERE. Both are thru JoAnn’s.
So, if you prefer an ad-free version of this pattern where the pictures are added separately to the back of the pattern (to save ink in case you just want to reference the pictures but not print them), you can purchase the pdf on Ravelry or Etsy below.
How to Crochet the Swirly Heart Hat
You will need:
- 5.0mm hook
- Tapestry needle and scissors
- Worsted weighted yarn, I used Premier yarn Deborah Norville Collection Everyday Heather yarn in color red heather (COLOR A) which is 180yds/165m in 100g, and Premier yarn Deborah Norville Collection Everyday in color toasted marshmallow (COLOR B) which is 180yds/165m in 100g
4 wst x 4 rows = 1 square inch
Stitches used (click for video tutorial):
- BLO sc
- Waistcoat Stitch(wst), pictures with instructions on how to change colors using the wst are in between the pattern also
HERE is a tutorial I created explaining the stitch in pictures, but below is the video which is more clear and in my opinion easier to understand.
NOTE: These instructions are for a teen/adult head, but you could make it smaller or larger by just stopping earlier or extent it more. You can also use it as a messy bun/ponytail beanie by closing the hole temporally or permanently only a little bit.
If you don’t do it permanently, then you can always change it back and forth. In fact, I can even use it as a neck warmer/scarf sometimes.
In order to change the size of the giving pattern, the first thing you need to know is the head circumference of the person you are making the hat for.
Furthermore, you will also need to know the height of hat which can be made bigger too depending on whether you want the hat to be snuggly on the top of the head or be slouchy (just add more red yarn rows to extent it).
With color A and a 5.0mm hook make a chain of 8 chains
Row 1: 1 sc the second chain from the hook, 1 sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (7 sts)
Row 2: 1 sc in the first stitch, *1 sc in BLO, repeat from * till the second to last st, 1 sc, ch 1, turn (7 sts)
Row 3-69: repeat row 2
Feel free to extent or shorten the brim according to the head circumference of the person wearing it in the end.
Fold the brim band in half and connect the ends by slip stitching them together to make a circle.
Do NOT cut the yarn, continue below.
Round 1: Using sc, crochet 67 stitches all around (you can increase or decrease the amount, but keep in mind that the heart pattern requires a 4 stitch repeat, meaning the pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches, and since there is a shift to the left for the red hearts, you will need one less stitch, so if you have a multiple of 4 being 68, subtract 1 for the shift having 67 stitches all around), DO NOT sl st to the first sc of that round! BUT for the final sc of that round finish the sc with color B (so last loop of sc is in color B). Just continue now with the written repeat below.
Starting round 2, use the waistcoat stitch from now on!
For the 4 stitch repeat, crochet *3 wst in color A, then 1 wst in color B (finishing stitch with color A), repeat from * all around, never do a sl st, until you finish your work. Counting the rows, I did 32 rows before fasting off and closing the hat. Again the video I created on Youtube is very helpful for this if you do not understand what I mean. The amount of rows you need to do depend on whether you make it for an adult/teen or a different size.
Pictures below are just to show how to change colors, ignore the pattern shown (the pattern below is not the same as for the Swirly Heart Hat!). In the picture below, the dark red would be the red heather in the hat pattern and the green would be the toasted marshmallow in the hat pattern. So you can see the first loop is red, but the stitch is finished with green (toasted marshmallow for the hat).
How to close the Hat:
Now you can also add a pom-pom for which I have a tutorial HERE if you need one. 🙂 Enjoy your new hat!
Inside of the Hat looks like this:
Video Tutorial for the Swirly Heart Hat
It uses a special stitch that I call the waistcoat AKA knit stitch. Don’t be scared about the way it sounds, it is actually very easy and once mastered is very fast to create. To learn the Waistcoat Stitch please click HERE.
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