Crochet: 'Zoom' bucket hat pattern
This wonderful pattern is by Vinny of Take Back the Knit. It's a simple-to-make crocheted bucket hat, but what makes it so special is that it's inspired by the Zoom lollies of the 1960s, and could be made in a variety of colour combinations. I happen to think this one is very cool in a retro kind of way!
The 'Zoom hat' would be a great pattern for a beginner, and Vinny recommends it as "possibly even for the first garment you might make, because it is done entirely in double crochet, and as it is in one piece there is no joining required." This pattern is for a large size, but you can also alter the fit as you go.
Note on terms: This pattern is written using English crochet terms. Double crochet (dc) in the UK is equivalent to single crochet (sc) in US terminology. See here if you are confused., and follow the jump for the pattern!
50g each Jaeger Aqua in #331 Marigold and #316 Ruby, and 50g Rowan Glace in #445 Blood Orange
4mm crochet hook
TOP OF HAT
ROUND 1 - Using Jaeger Aqua #331 Marigold, make slip knot, 4 chain, slip stitch into first stitch to make ring. Mark beginning of round and do 8 double crochet into ring.
Continue to mark beginning of rounds with a contrasting yarn. Crochet the rounds continuously, as if going in a spiral.
ROUND 2 - 2dc in each dc
ROUND 3 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 4 - 2dc in each dc
ROUND 5 - *1dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc*; repeat from *to* round
ROUND 6 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 7 - *1dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc* round
ROUND 8 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 9 - *1dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc* round
ROUNDS 10 & 11 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 12 - *1dc in next 4dc, 2dc in next dc* round
BODY OF HAT
ROUNDS 13 to 22 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 23 - Join next colour, Jaeger Aqua #316 Ruby. 1dc in each dc round
ROUNDS 24 to 34 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 35 - Join next colour, Rowan Glace #445 Blood Orange. 1dc in each dc round.
BRIM OF HAT
ROUND 36 - *1dc in next 5 dc, 2dc in next dc* round
ROUNDS 37 & 38 - 1dc in each dc
ROUND 39 - *1dc in next 6 dc, 1dc in next dc* round
ROUNDS 40 to 49 - 1dc in each dc
On last stitch, 1dc into the next dc one row below for a neat join, then fasten off. Sew in ends on the inside and pull out marker.
Note on yarn: I used Jaeger Pure Cotton dk, which has been discontinued for some time. I've found some equivalent yarns that you could use if you want to make a very similar hat, or choose three other colours you like in a mercerized cotton dk yarn.
Note on altering size: This hat fits a large male adult head very comfortably (ie, its very slightly loose rather than tight). If you want to make it a size smaller, the pattern can be altered quite easily. Just stop doing increase rounds earlier, perhaps make round 7 or round 9 your last increase round at the top of the hat. As it is crocheted from the top down you can try it for fit. You can also try it on to decide where to change colours if you want a shorter hat. Remember that if you do less increase rounds at the top, when you begin your increases again for the rim of the hat you will need to start from where you left off - so, if your last increase round was *1 dc in each of next 3dc, 2dc in next dc* then the rim increase rounds would start with *1 dc in each of next 4dc, 2dc in next dc*.