wor·sted[woos-tid, wur-stid] noun 1. firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Compare woolen. 2. wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dr Seuss Inspired Cat in the Hat Free Pattern

Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat Free Crochet Pattern

So my son wanted a hat for Dr Seuss week at school. I couldn’t find a pattern online that looked like it would work for what I wanted; which was the right size, something that would work up fast, and was free. So I threw this one together and it worked great. I crochet while I watch TV shows or movies and was able to watch two episodes and get this done at the same time. I not necessarily the fastest/slowest crocheter in the world but I felt that the time was worth the investment. I could have done it faster following a pattern and not watching a show at the same time. I hope that helps you decide if it’s worth the time investment.

In this pattern I used an I hook, worsted weight yarn in Blue (Main Color) and White (Second Color). It will fit a 3-4 year old comfortably and fit ok on a 6 year old. My son chose blue and white but you can pick any colors you want. I also designed it to be big at the top and then taper in a little. You can leave out any row decreases and it will make the hat fit a larger child. I can stretch it onto a 22” mannequin head but it looks a little funky. So if you need that size then you should leave out the decreases, maybe keep one of them. You’ll need to adjust the brim increases accordingly as well.

MR- Magic Ring
Ch – chain
Hdc – Half-double crochet
St – stitch/stitches
BLO- back loop only
Hdctog – half-double crochet together
FLO- front loop only
FO- finish off

1. MR, 8 hdc
2. 2 hdc each st, join (16)
3. Ch 1, 1 hdc, 2 hdc (24)
4. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next two st, 2 hdc (32)
5. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next three st, 2 hdc (40)
6. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next four st, 2 hdc (48)
7. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next five st, 2 hdc (56)
8. This row worked BLO: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next six st, 2 hdc (64) Switch to Second Color.
9-10. Ch 1, 1 hdc each st (64)
11. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next five st, 2 hdctog (56)
12. Ch 1, 1 hdc each st (56) Switch to Main Color.
13-15. Ch 1, 1 hdc each st (56) At the end of row 15 switch to Second Color.
16-18. Ch 1, 1 hdc each st (56)
19. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next four st, 2 hdctog (48) At the end of the row switch to Main Color.
20-23. Ch 1, 1 hdc each st (48) At the end of row 23 switch to Second Color.
24. This row worked FLO: Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next five st, 2 hdc (56)
25. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next six st, 2 hdc (64)
26. Ch 1, 1 hdc in the next seven st, 2 hdc (72) FO

I only did three rows of blue (row 13-15) because I was low on blue yarn and wanted to make sure that I would get at least three rows on the last band of blue. I wasn’t sure how far it would go and since it went further I went ahead and did four rows for the second band of blue. You can make changes and add another row of Main color for row 16 and then switch colors. Just push the rows down one and have 27 rows at the end of your project.

This is my own pattern I made up. I would appreciate it if you would please link back here if you reference this or sell anything from it.

I hope this inspires you to try something new or to branch out on your own and create something new. J

Happy Crocheting!


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