Crochet Belt Welt Hat

A stylish hat with a crochet belt welt is a fashionable accessory that adds a unique touch to any outfit. The crochet detailing on the belt welt gives the hat a handmade, artisanal look that sets it apart from mass-produced accessories. The belt welt adds a subtle element of texture and interest to the hat, making it a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. This crochet belt welt hat is perfect for adding a bohemian flair to your wardrobe. The intricate crochet work adds a touch of whimsy and charm to the hat, making it a standout piece that is sure to turn heads. Whether you're heading to a music festival, a day at the beach, or just running errands around town, this crochet belt welt hat is a must-have accessory that will elevate any look.

Sizes: Small Adult (Large Adult)

Yarn: Simplinatural by HiKoo by Skacel (40% Baby Alpaca, 40% Fine Merino Wool, 20% Mulberry Silk; 183 yards [167 meters]/100 grams); #098 Bright Blue – one skein (both sizes)

Needles: one 16" circular needle in size US 6, one 16" circular needle in size US 8, one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 8 (one 16" circular needle in size US 7, one 16" circular needle in size US 9, one set of dpns, also in size US 9)

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches on size 8 needles, 16 stitches = 4 inches on size 9 needles
So let's get one thing straight, here. The only difference between the size small hat the large is needle size - if you want to make a small hat, use 6s and 8s. If you want a large hat, use 7s and 9s! And now that we've got that taken care of, using your smaller circular needle, cast on 90 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll knit the following ribbing row:
Ribbing Row: * p1, k1; rep from *
Knit this ribbing row until piece measures 4". And now, it's time to switch to your larger needles and the main pattern, which is Belt Welt from page 6 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:

Rows 1 - 4: knit

Rows 5 - 8: * p4, k2 *

Knit rows 1 - 8 four times, and then it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * k3, k2tog, ssk, k11 * (80 stitches)

Decrease Row 2: * k2, k2tog, ssk, k10 * (70 stitches)

You may want to switch to your dpns about now...

Decrease Row 3: * k1, k2tog, ssk, k9 * (60 stitches)

Decrease Row 4: * k2tog, ssk, k8 * (50 stitches)

Decrease Row 5: slip first stitch from first dpn to last dpn (so, in effect, this will become the last stitch of the row rather than the first); then, * ssk, k1, p4, k1, k2tog * (40 stitches)

Decrease Row 6: * ssk, p4, k2tog * (30 stitches)

Decrease Row 7: * k1, (p2tog) twice, k1 * (20 stitches)

Decrease Row 8: * k1, p2tog, k1 * (15 stitches)

Decrease Row 9: * slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso * (5 stitches)

Clip tail of yarn, thread through final 5 stitches and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.

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