I have a lot of hair. Yes, it’s thinned out over the years (and pregnancies), but there is still quite a bit of it. I am also blessed to be of Scottish descent and I have the head size to prove it. Therefore, most store bought hats NEVER FIT ME!! Even when I crochet patterns accurately to gauge, they end up too small or too tight. Welcome to the big bucket hat. This hat worked up more like a basket or a bag, but when I put it on, I didn’t have to adjust my hair at all. We had a bit of a cold snap here in Texas and I wore it out to the bus stop a few times, along with the Two Sided Textured Scarf, and it worked wonderfully!
This is another Caron Cakes pattern but it uses around a half or less of a single cake. You’ll have enough leftover for another cake or perhaps wristers to match.
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Textured Bucket Hat for a Lot of Hair
Difficulty: Intermediate. Knowledge of Front and Back post double crochet and dc2tog is key to this pattern.
I 5.5mm hook
Caron Cake of choice (Approx 127 yds per adult hat) pictured in pistachio
sl st – slip stitch
fdc-foundation double crochet (Tutorial on Moogly blog)
csdc-standing double crochet (Tutorial on Moogly blog)
Magic Circle: This is a method to have a very tight closed circle of stitches at the beginning of your piece instead of chaining 4 and joining to the first chain. Here is a great tutorial of the method.
V Stitch: (dc-ch1-dc) all in the same stitch
2s2tog – Two sided double crochet post stitches 2 together:
This stitch is performed in the row after the v-stitch row. You are doing a dc2tog where the first dc is a front post dc under the first leg of the v-stitch, and the second dc is a back post dc under the second leg of the v-stitch.
To perform the stitch: YO, hook under the first leg of the v-stitch as though a FPDC, draw up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops. YO, hook under second leg of v-stitch from the back as for a BPDC, draw up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops. YO, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
There is a photo tutorial for this stitch after the pattern.
After working with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet for a number of years, I have adopted her method of seamless joining rounds for most all of my joining. She has a great tutorial for it here.
To Stitch: the beginning chain is made then the first stitch from the previous round is skipped and the first stitch of the active round is placed in the next stitch. At the end of the round, the final stitch is placed in that initially skipped stitch and is made over the initial chain. Finally, join to the first actual stitch of the round with a slip stitch.
15 dc and 9 rows = 4”
Or 3 rows of pattern repeats = 4”
Measurements and Notes on sizing:
Adult with large head or someone with a lot of thick hair. This hat should easily fit a 23” head. I have a large head (likely of Scottish descent) and I can never find hats that fit. If you need a smaller diameter, begin with 10 or 11 dc in round 1.
Bucket Hat for a Lot of Hair Pattern:
Begin with a Magic Circle or ch 4 and sl st in first chain to create a circle.
Round 1: ch 2, 12 dc in circle, join to top of first dc. (12 dc)
Round 2: ch 2, skip first stitch, 2 dc in each dc around, place last 2 dc in the first stitch that was skipped by stitching over the ch 2, join to top of first dc. [This method of placing the last stitch(es) of the round in the first skipped stitch and joining to the top of the first stitch will hereafter be written as “Seamless Join.”](24 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, skip first stitch, *1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next. Rep from * to end, Seamless Join. (36 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, *1 dc in first 2 dc, 2 dc in next. Rep from * to end, Seamless Join. (48 dc)
Round 5: ch 2, *1 dc in first 3 dc, 2 dc in next. Rep from * to end, Seamless Join. (60 dc)
Round 6: ch 2, *1 dc in first 4 dc, 2 dc in next. Rep from * to end, Seamless Join. (72 dc)
Round 7: ch 2, *1 dc in first 5 dc, 2 dc in next. Rep from * to end, Seamless Join. (84 dc)
Round 8: ch 3, dc in same stitch. *Sk 1 st, v-stitch in next stitch. Rep from * to end. Join in first v-stitch. (42 v stitches)
Round 9: ch 2, *2s2tog over the v-stitch, ch 1. Rep from * to end, join to top of first 2s2tog stitch. (42 2s2tog stitches, 42 ch sp)
Round 10: csdc in first stitch, dc in ch sp, *dc in next stitch, dc in ch sp. Rep from * to end, join to top of csdc. (84 dc)
Repeat rounds 8-10 four more times for a total of 22 rounds containing 5 complete repeats of the pattern. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Photo Tutorial for 2s2tog stitch
Aka: front post back post dc 2tog
You are making a dc2tog using the 2 legs of the v-stitch marked here.
YO and insert hook under the first leg of the v-stitch from the front, as if it is a front post dc.
YO and draw up a loop. 3 loops on hook.
YO and draw through 2 loops. 2 loops remain on hook.
First half of 2s2tog is done. YO and insert hook from the back under the second leg of the v-stitch (as though you are doing a back post double crochet).
YO and draw up a loop, 4 loops on hook.
YO and draw through 2 loops, 3 loops remaining. YO and draw through all 3 loops. Stitch complete.
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