Strawberry Trifle Puff Slouch


When I first saw the new colors for Caron Cakes I zeroed in on the Strawberry Trifle color way.  Greys, creams and corals. . .what’s not to love?  It took a while for me to catch it at Michaels during my weekly trips with Zoe while Amelia’s at dance.

I wanted to make myself a hat.  I was inspired to do something puffy.  I loved this heart hat and diligently watched the Spanish(?) video and took notes (I don’t speak Spanish other than what I learned during Amelia’s Dora obsession).  But, alas, the hearts were too big and the spaces gargantuan for an Iowan winter.  However, I do think I’ve found my new favorite brim.


So I switched to a puff stitch.  I’m slowing becoming more comfortable starting hats from the brim but it took a lot of tries to be happy with the spaces between puffs, experimenting with hook size and how many chains to include with and between stitches.  The ridiculous amount of time this took me probably wasn’t helped by the terrible cold that took over me this week.  Let this be a lesson to you – do NOT get a massage if you’re coming down with a cold.


This ended up being a slouch hat, mostly because once I got nine rows in and realized I should be decreasing, I really didn’t want to frog any more and I thought I’d see how a slouch would work. . . . lets just say, my big head and slouches just don’t go together.  So this will go in my donation pile and I’ll make another beanie one after I’m done writing this up.

OK.  I’ll stop rambling and get to the pattern. . .

Materials:

Caron Cakes in Strawberry Trifle – I ended up using most of the cake

F Hook (Furls) for the brim

I Hook (Furls) for the body of the hat

Clover Pom Pom Maker

Darning needle

Pattern:

Special Stitches:

Chainless Foundation Double Crochet (CFDC) – Yarn over, Insert hook through ch underneath the last stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, ch 1, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through final 2 loops on hook. This was a great tutorial from Maggie’s Crochet.

Puff Stitch – Yarn over, insert hook in space between puffs, yarn over and pull up a loop even with hook 4 times, yarn over and pull through all 9 loops on hook.  Please note that unlike the traditional puff stitch you will not ch 1 to close.  This reduces the space between puffs and cuts the airiness of the hat down, however you do need to be more careful not to drop a stitch. 

Puff 2 Together (Puff2Tog) – Yarn over, insert hook in space between puffs, yarn over and pull up a loop even with hook 3 times, yarn over, insert hook in space between next set of puffs, yarn over and pull up a loop even with hook 4 times, yarn over and pull through all 16 loops on hook.

Brim (Smaller hook):

Round 1:  Chain 3, complete 72 CFDCs (or any multiple of 2 to fit the circumference of the wearer’s head – I have a 24″ head).  Slip St to join. (72 CFDCs)

Round 2: *FPDC in first stitch, DC in second stitch*, repeat from *to* around. Slip St to join. (36 FPDCs, 36 DCs).  Fasten off first color and skip to beginning of next color, reserving the rest of the first color for the edging.

Body (larger hook):

Round 1: Join next color to any part of brim.  Puff Stitch in each DC (skipping the FPDCs) around.  Join with slip stitch to first puff. (36 Puffs)

Round 2-9: Slip stitch to space between first and second puffs.  Pull up a loop and Puff Stitch in each space between puffs around. Join with slip stitch to first puff. (36 Puffs)

Round 10: Slip stitch to space between first and second puffs. *4 Puff Stitches, 1 Puff2Tog*.  Repeat from *to* around.   Join with slip stitch to first puff. (24 Puffs, 6 Puff2Togs)  Decreases will need to be adjusted for different sized hats, so long as they are even, it should be fine.

Round 11:  Repeat Round 2. (30 Puffs)

Round 12:  Slip stitch to space between first and second puffs.  1 Puff Stitch, *Puff2Tog, 3 Puffs*.  Repeat from *to* around, ending with 2 Puffs.   Join with slip stitch to first puff. (18 Puffs, 6 Puff2Togs)

Round 13: Repeat Round 2. (24 Puffs)

Round 14: Slip stitch to space between first and second puffs. *2 Puff Stitches, 1 Puff2Tog*.  Repeat from *to* around.   Join with slip stitch to first puff.  (12 Puffs, 6 Puff2Togs)

Round 15: Repeat Round 2. (18 Puffs)

Round 16:  Slip stitch to space between first and second puffs. *1 Puff Stitch, 1 Puff2Tog*.  Repeat from *to* around.   Join with slip stitch to first puff.  (6 Puffs, 6 Puff2Togs)

Round 17:  Slip stitch to space between first and second puffs. Puff2Tog around.   Join with slip stitch to first puff.  Finish off with a long tail (6 Puff2Togs)

With a darning needle, weave through the puffs (see picture) and pull tight to pull the top of the hat together.  Pull to the inside of the hat and fasten securely.  Add a pom pom to the top.



Edging (smaller hook):

Attach reserved first color to the brim of the hat.  *Puff Stitch WITH the extra ch 1 to close off the puff, sk 1 stitch, slip stitch in next stitch to the RIGHT*.  Repeat from *to* around.   Join with slip stitch to bottom of first puff.  (36 Reverse Puffs)

 

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