Valentine’s Day isn’t usually a big ordeal in our house. It’s not that we’re not romantic. We’re definitely romantics, but we do it all the time. About once a week we have date night, which at our house means a good dinner, a bottle of wine, maybe a fire in the fireplace, and a competitive game of scrabble or cards or Trivial Pursuit. It’s our favorite way to unwind after a really long week. So Valentine’s Day is really just the addition of cards and little gifts.
This year for Valentine’s Day I’m making Hubs’ gift. He is a big Ohio State fan and Ohio State’s colors are Scarlet and Grey. Perfect for the holiday too, right? Yep. I thought so. Now the saying goes “cold hands, warm heart”, but I’m modifying it a bit to “warm head, warm heart” and making him a hat. It helps that it’s 22 degrees outside before wind chill too. So here goes!
I started with a magic ring and for those of you who don’t know this technique is fabulous for starting things like hats, because it gives you nice tight circle to build off of. Hold your yarn end and wind the yarn one time around your fingers to make a loop. Hold the loops with your thumb and middle finger of your left hand (if you’re right handed, opposite for me), sc x1 to establish your first chain to work from, chain 3 (will count as it’s own dc in the first row), double crochet x 12 around the loop. Pull the yarn end to close it up tight and fasten it.
I want his hat to be soft and ribbed, so we’ll be using a combination of fpdc and sc for the rest of the hat. I’m using my H/8 hook. It’s pretty much my go-to for most projects.
Round 2: ch 1, sc in first dc, fpdc around the same dc, *sc in next dc, fpdc around the same dc*, repeat *-* x 10 (tuck in yarn tail as you go), sl around the ch3 in the first row, ch 1 (12 sc, 12 fpdc)
Round 3: sc in the first fpdc, fpdc x2 around the same fpdc, *sc in next fpdc, fpdc x2 around the same fpdc*, repeat *-* x 10, sl in first sc to join, ch 1 (13 sc, 26 fpdc)
Round 4: sc in the first fpdc, fpdc around the same fpdc, *sc in next fpdc, fpdc around the same fpdc*, repeat *-* x 24, sl in first sc to join, ch 1 (26 sc, 26 fpdc)
Round 5: sc in the first fpdc, fpdc x 2 around the same fpdc, [*sc in the next fpdc, fpdc around the same fpdc*, repeat *-* x 4, sc in next fpdc, fpdc x 2 around the same fpdc], repeat [-], repeat *-* x 5, sl in first sc to join, ch 1 (26 sc, 30 fpdc)
Round 6: *sc in the first fpdc, fpdc around the same fpdc*, repeat *-* x 29, sl in first sc to join, ch 1 (30 sc, 30 fpdc)
Round 7-16: *sc in next stitch, fpdc around next fpdc*, repeat *-* around, sl in first sc to join, ch 1
Here is where I started changing colors, but feel free to play and make it your own! I kept the same pattern for the rest of the rounds through round 33.
Round 34: sc all the way around, sl in the first sc, tie off and tuck your ends!
It’s a little tight on Hubs’ head. If I were to do it again, I might add another column or two of cables.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s day!