I’m so excited to show you my latest project…Briar!
This project is very beginner friendly with a comfortable and easy fit. Read below about the inspiration and yarn details, or scroll on down for the free pattern.
When I started designing, back in 2012, I really wanted to focus on hats. There was something about the simplicity of the canvas that really spoke to me. Since then, I’ve designed a lot of hats. A lot. Briar, however, is my most worn make of them all.
It’s all about the stitch here. A squishy stretchy soft single crochet (say that 10 times fast) is worked throughout with bold stripes to give this project the perfect bit of that special something. Not to mention, it keeps the hat from getting a little too boring. I love simple as much as the next crocheter…but here’s the thing…I’m not going to make a full hat of just single crochet. I’ll get bored. The stripes are the perfect remedy!
Men are picky. Really picky. We know this.
So, with that in mind, I decided to design a simple hat that was generously sized and could be customized with just a switch of color.
Want to match a sports team? Cool! Want a solid color? Cool! Want to make it exactly like I did? Cool!
I went ahead and kept this adult sized, but you can easily make it smaller/larger by changing your hook size and/or yarn. Worsted weight and an I/9 hook would make a perfect little boy hat!
I chose to use Lion Brand Heartland yarn for this hat for a couple of reasons. I need just the right marled color but didn’t want to spend a fortune. It’s a hat. For a man. He’s not hand washing this.
Trust me…if you’re giving this to a man…it’s going to need a wash. Or two. Or three.
Heck, just throw it in with the weekly laundry. Have you ever picked up a sweaty crochet hat? No one needs to live through that horror.
Heartland features a wide range of colors that are both tweedy and heathered shades inspired by the natural beauty of the American landscape. Bottom line – you’ll find something for someone in this gorgeous range of yarns.
11 sts x 11 rows in single crochet = 4″ using a 6mm crochet hook or size required to obtain correct tension.
Sizes (finished head circumference):
Adult Men’s (20.5″) and will stretch to fit a 23.5in head circumference
Abbreviations (US terms):
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Tblo – through back loop only
St(s) – stitches
Rep – Repeat
Rnd – Round
RS – Right Side
Inc’d – Increased
Level 2 – Easy
With B, Ch 2
Note: Work in back loops throughout.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join to first sc with sl st, pm in first st for beg of rnd, move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2scblo in each st around. (6sts inc’d – 12 sc)
Rnd 3: (1sctblo, 2sctblo in next st) around. (18 sc)
Change to Yarn A.
Rnd 4: (2scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: (3scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (30 sc)
Rnd 6: (4scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (36 sc)
Change to Yarn B and continue working stripes alternating 2 rounds of each color.
Rnd 7: (5scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (42 sc)
Rnd 8: (6scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (48 sc)
Rnd 9: (7scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (54 sc)
Rnd 10: (8scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (60 sc)
Work even in stripe sequence until 22 rows are complete.
Row 1: With Yarn B, scblo in each st around.
Rows 2 and 3: Sc (through both loops) around.
Fasten off yarn.
Weave in ends and block to shape.