Reversible Ski Hat - 1975 Sunset Books
This week's hat is dedicated to Corinna who suggested this pattern book. It has a section with "A Covey of Caps" that were excellent vintage options for this blog. I chose to do the Reversible Ski Hat because it seemed like it would be a great way to use up some scraps and I was intrigued by the reversible part.
This hat uses worsted weight and an E hook. An E hook with worsted weight yarn is typically what I would use for amigurumi so I expected this to turn out pretty dense and structured. This hat is done entirely in double crochet in the round with the rounds joined with a slip stitch. It has a chart to get the colors the way they look in the photo but I ignored that and just tried to use up my scraps.
The directions were pretty good right up to the assembly part. The photo below shows what you end up with when you finish the crocheting part of the hat.
I considered just folding one side up into the other one and then seam together around the short end. That's the easy way to do this. Their way is a little more complex and the only benefit to their version is that the hat would hold together a little bit better. Here are their instructions:
I was skeptical that this would work and I was partly right. I tested it by loosely doing the overcast seam and then "stuffing one side into the other" and it came out inside out. Maybe I just didn't do it right but it seemed like the only way to do it.
Here's what I ended up doing:
Turn the hat inside out and fold in half at the center line and do an overcast stitch along the side where your rows were joined.
Once it was seamed, I turned it inside out starting with the small end and ended up with the photo on the right:
I used a pom-pom maker and did each side in matching colors so it would match the hat. The pom-pom sticks out half way on each side. I sewed the small end together a little bit and then stuck the pom-pom in the opening and used the tie from the pom-pom to sew it together the rest of the way.
Getting that pom-pom in right was a little bit fiddly but I got it to work. This is two layers of worsted weight yarn crocheted with a fairly small hook for that weight. It's thick and can stand up all on it's own. It's so thick that I couldn't fold up the brim like the woman in the photo is wearing it without it getting weird.
I got it to work and it technically fits but I'm giving it a 3.5. This isn't a hat I would wear and the instructions could have been better for the assembly. The half pom inside the hat feels a little odd too. I'm sure this is warm but it gives off Who-ville vibes. Maybe that's appropriate for the season?
This is a great idea for a hat and with a few adjustments it might be more flexible. I think you could drop the yarn size down to sport, keep the E hook and get rid of the pom-pom. You'd have to do more stitches and rows to get the size right but you'd have a cozy reversible hat that should have a little more give in it.
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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.