Head Warmer from the January 1976 Workbasket Magazine review:
2.5 stars out of 5 - It has some issues that can be fixed and it results it a servicable hat.
Yarns: Unger Fluffy in Pink, Caron Simply Soft in Gray Heather. This pattern has you hold the two strands together.
Hook: Size I
Gauge: 3 rounds = 2 inches (Though it didn’t specify I’m pretty sure it was a radius measurement and not a diameter measurement)
First the good things:
Now the bad things:
This pattern is done in the round with each round finishing with a slip stitch to join. There are only 16 rounds so it’s pretty quick to make. The biggest issue is that they give stitch counts at the end of the instructions for each round and they aren’t always right. If you’re experienced you’ll know that it won’t really matter for a hat of this size and the stitch pattern doesn’t need you to keep a specific number of stitches.
Here’s how the stitch count goes by round:
At round 12 you start doing double crochet in the back loop going back and forth but you don’t join the rounds. It very clearly says, “Do not join” for round 12. It does not say that for rounds 13-15 so I did join them. You fold back the last rounds of the hat for the brim. It never says to sew up the unjoined round (or rounds if you assumed 13-15 were the same as 12). You end up with this odd gap:
I sewed that gap up after I took the photo.
I don’t like making pompons so I skipped that. Here’s the finished hat and me trying it on for size.
This is a pretty small hat and I don’t have a large head so I’d argue that this is more a child or teen sized hat.
Whew! That was a lot for a hat!
It's a pretty quick hat to make and I'd probably make it again ignoring the stitch counts and joining the rows in the brim. I think I'd also go up a hook size to make it a little bigger even if it doesn't match the gauge.
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.