Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Dragon Scale – Adult Hat – Free Crochet Pattern




 The Dragon Scale
the dragon scale
Introduction: Whilst I was making this design and up to a second repeat of crocheting the pattern, I took some time to observe it closely and was not exactly pleased with the way it was looking. I turned it sideways and upside down and concluded that the pattern I was trying to make was not working out, it was quite by chance that I turned the hat inside out and discovered a whole new look, the wrong side looked great! So it was straight back to the pattern instructions to make it work. What is also great about this pattern are the instructions, they are so minimal. This design also reminds me of the crocodile stitch, but without the awkwardness of that particular stitch. Enjoy!
This is also available in newborn to 3 months, click here for the free pattern
 You can find the free pattern for the matching infinity cowl here
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Hook size: 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 4.5 mm to 5.0mm, US G/6
Please note, by using a smaller or larger hook, you can make a smaller or larger beanie

To fit: Adult
Yarn: 8 ply approx 100 gm’s US DK/Medium.
US crochet terms used
Skill level: beginner +
Tension: medium
Time: approx 2 hours
Stitches used:
Sl st=slip stitch
Ch=chain
Sc = single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
Dc =double crochet
Fpdc=front post double crochet
Special stitch: Shell st, (1 dc, 1 ch) x 6 times and 1 more dc in the same stitch
I’m using a 3.5 mm hook, my head circumference measures approx, 17 inches around after row 6. I will increase for 1 more round (row 7), to achieve my adult size hat, between, 18.5 and 21.5 inches circumference. In saying this, my stitch pattern is an 8 stitch repeat, I have either 4 st’s too many or 4 too less with the 84 dc count. I will work 1 more round and add 4 extra st’s spaced randomly apart.

Please note! The beginning ch 2 of every rnd is not counted as a st.
BEGIN: Making the crown
Chain 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. Or use a magic ring.
Row 1, ch 2, work 12 dc into ring, to join, sl st into the 1st dc of this round, (you will join this way on every round)
(Increase in every st)
Row 2, ch 2, work 2 dc into each dc to end, sl st to join (24 dc)
(Increase in every 2nd st)
Row 3, ch 2, work 1 dc in same place as join, work 2 dc into the next dc, *work 1 dc in next dc, work 2 dc into the next dc*, repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (36 dc)
(Increase in every 3rd st)
Row 4, ch 1, work 1 dc in same place as join, work 1 dc into the next dc, work 2 dc into the next dc, * work 1 dc into each of the next 2 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc*,  repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (48 dc)
(Increase in every 4th st)
Row 5, ch 1, work 1 dc in same place as join, work 1 dc into each of the next 2 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc, * work 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc*,  repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (60 dc)
(Increase in every 5th st)
Row 6, ch 1, work 1 dc in same place as join, work 1 dc into each of the next 3 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc, * work 1 dc into each of the next 4 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc*,  repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (72 dc)
You have the option to increase to 84 st’s (increase in every 6th st) to 96 st’s, (increase in every 7th st), for a lovely beret/slouch, but these extra st’s will need to be decreased, the best place to do this is within the very first round of the hat edging
For a 3.5mm hook or beret/slouch only! (Increase in every 6th st)
Row 7, ch 1, work 1 dc in same place as join, work 1 dc into each of the next 4 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc, * work 1 dc into each of the next 5 dc, work 2 dc into the next dc*,  repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join (84 dc)
Now turn your work, we will be working with the inside /wrong side of the hat facing us
Row 1, ch 1, work 1 sc in 1st st, skip 3 st’s, work a shell in next st, skip 3 st’s, *work 1 sc in next st, skip 3 st’s, work a shell in next st, skip 3 st’s* repeat from *to* to end, to join, sl st into beginning sc of this round  
Row 2, ch 2, work 1 dc in same space as ch 2, work 1 fpdc around the 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 2, work 1 sc in the next dc, ch 2, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 dc, *work 1 dc in the sc, work 1 fpdc around the 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 2, work 1 sc in the next dc, ch 2, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 dc*, * repeat from *to* to end, to join, sl st into beginning dc
Row 3, ch 4, work (1dc, ch 1) 2 times in same space as ch 4 and work 1 dc in same space, work 1 sc in next sc, *skip the next 2 fpdc, work a shell in the next dc, work 1 sc in the next sc* repeat from *to* to end, work (1 dc, 1 ch) x 3 times, in the same space as the beginning ch 4, to join, sl st into the 3rd ch space
Row 4, ch 1, work 1 sc in same space as ch 1, ch 2, work 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 dc, work 1 dc in the next sc, work 1 fpdc around the 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 2, *work 1 sc in the next dc, ch 2, work 1 fpdc around the next 2 dc, work 1 dc in the next sc, work 1 fpdc around the 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 2*, repeat from *to* to end, to join, sl st into beginning sc
Row 5, ch 1, work 1 sc in same space as ch 1, skip the next 2 fpdc, work a shell in the next dc, *work 1 sc in the next sc, skip the next 2 fpdc, work a shell in the next dc* repeat from *to* end, to join, sl st into beginning sc of this round
Row 11, repeat row 2
Row 12, repeat row 3
Row 13, repeat row 4
Row 14, repeat row 5
Repeat pattern sequence for length desired
For a regular size hat repeat rows 11 to 14, two more times, then row 2 once more
For a slouch repeat for length required ending on a row 2.
Turn work right way out
Row 1, ch 1, *work 1 hdc in each of next 2 fpdc, work 1 hdc in ch space, work 1 hdc in next sc, work 1 hdc in ch space, work 1 hdc in each of next 2 fpdc, work 1 hdc in next dc*, repeat from *to* to end, to join sl st into beginning hdc (56 hdc)
Hat edge option 1
Row 2, ch 1, work 1 hdc in each hdc to end, to join, sl st into beginning hdc, finish, break off yarn and sew in ends or work for length desired
Hat edge option 2 ribbed look
Row 2, ch 1, work 1 dc in 1st st, work 1 fpdc in next st, *work 1 dc in net st, work 1 fpdc in next st* repeat from *to* to end, to join sl st into the beginning dc, finish, break off yarn and sew in ends or work for length desired

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Free Pattern Courtesy Of Cat Wood
Aka, Cats-Rockin-Crochet.
 2014.
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4 comments:

Teri said...

Beautiful hat! Definitely plan to try this (and the baby one). Question: Near the bottom of the directions, it jumps from row 5 to row 11, 12, etc. Not sure why that is. I assume you meant row 6, 7, etc., or is something missing?

Cathy Wood said...

wow! good catch, I believe I added the beginning rows (making of the crown) to the pattern rows, leaving out the optional beret count of row 7, thank you for bringing this to my attention, not sure if I should fiddle with the pattern until I have the proper time, cheers Cathy :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy,

It's now October 21, 2016 - I was wondering if you have had a chance to "repair" this pattern from the mistakes that Teri mentioned on April 3, 2015?

This is a pretty pattern that I too would like to make, if I can resolve this problem.

Thanks!
Jean

Cathy Wood said...

Hi Jean, the numbers are not fixed, but if you follow the flow it just jumps from number 5 to 11, there are instructions after those numbers that refer back to those numbers, you will find your self in the flow of things and know that you just keep crocheting along, cheers and I hope you make it.......Oct 22, 2016....