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I’ve discovered something.  I really enjoy writing crochet patterns!  This new one is for a slouchy style newsboy cap that I made for my best friend’s birthday a couple of months ago.  Since I gifted it to her and didn’t write the pattern down as I made it, I had to recreate it to be able to write the pattern.

Amanda Newsboy Cap by www.dandeliondaze.wordpress.com

I envisioned a hat just like this one when I was trying to decide what to make my best friend for her birthday.  But I just couldn’t find a pattern that looked like what I saw in my head.  So after much experimentation, I came up with this pattern.  It’s basically a slouchy hat that has several decrease rounds so that it fits snugly around your head.  I hope you like my newest pattern!

The Amanda Newsboy Cap

Your supplies:
1 ball worsted weight yarn (I used almost a whole 145 yd ball of Vanna’s Choice in Grey Marble)
Size H (5.00MM) crochet hook
2 Buttons
Yarn Needle

Stitches used: ch, sc, hdc, dc, full star stitch, hdc2tog, sc2tog and dc2tog.  The decrease stitches (last 3 listed) are very easy and there are many YouTube videos demonstrating how to do them if you’re confused or new to those stitches.  Here is a link to the videos for the star stitch: Part 1 and Part 2.

Body of hat:
Round 1: In magic or adjustable ring, ch2, then 11 dc in ring.  Pull ring tight and join with sl st to top of first dc, not to the ch2.

Round 2: Ch2, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of the first dc.

Round 3: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 4: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 5: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 6: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 7: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 8: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 9: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 7sts, 2dc in next st*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 10: Ch2, 1dc in each st around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 11: Ch2,  dc2tog first 2 sts, *1dc in next 7 sts, dc2tog next 2 sts*, repeat * to * around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 12: Ch2,  1dc in first st, *dc2tog next 2 sts, 1dc in next 5 sts*, repeat * to * around until last 6 sts of previous round, then 1dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog last 2 sts, join with a sl st to top of first dc.

Round 13: Ch2, dc2tog first 2 sts, *1dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog next 2 sts*, repeat * to * around, join with sl st to top of first dc.

Rounds 14 & 15: Ch2, 1dc in each st around, join with a sl st to top of first dc.  Do not finish off, instead begin brim of hat here.

Brim:
Row 1: Ch1, work 1hdc in each of next 27 sts.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Working in front loop only for this row, sc2tog twice, 1sc in each of next 19 sts, sc2tog twice.  Ch1, turn.

Row 3: Working in both loops again for this row, hdc2tog first 2 sts, 1hdc in each of next 19 sts, hdc2tog last 2 sts.  Ch1, turn.

Row 4: Working in front loop only for this row, sc2tog twice, 1sc in each of next 17 sts, sc2tog twice.  Ch1, turn.

Row 5: Working in back loop only for this row, 1sc in each st across, ch1 and turn.

Row 6: Working in both loops for this row, 1hdc in each st across, ch1 and turn.

Row 7: Working in both loops for this row, 1sc in each st across.  Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing the brim.

Fold rows 5-7 under and sew in place to row 2 of brim.

Star Stitch Strap (please watch the videos first as this stitch is much easier to do once you see it!  It’s difficult to write in a way that makes sense.  Row 1 is half of the stitch, Row 2 completes the star stitch.):

Row 1: Ch33.  Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook and pull up a loop, then do the same in the next 4 chains.  There should be 6 loops on your hook.  Next, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.  This makes the spokes of the bottom half of the star.  Chain one to close the stitch.  Next, insert hook in “eyelet” created by the last chain 1 and pull up a loop.  Then,  insert hook in last spoke of the star stitch you just made and pull up a loop.  Then insert hook in same chain that you made the last spoke of last star in and pull up a loop.  Then, insert hook and pull up a loop in next 2 chains.  There should again be 6 loops on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops and chain 1 to close.  Continue until end of row.  Turn.

Row 2: To complete the full star stitch, chain 2, then make 2 hdc in the eyelet of each incomplete star stitch from previous row.  Continue until end of row and finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Position strap to your liking above the brim of the hat and stitch into place.

Sew a button on either end of the strap.  Make sure all ends have been woven in and your hat is complete!

Amanda Newsboy Cap by www.dandeliondaze.wordpress.com

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my pattern.  Please feel free to share it, pin it, like it and of course make it!  But PLEASE, link back to my page and give me credit for my pattern.  Also, feel free to sell finished items made with this pattern, but again, give credit to me as the author of the pattern used.  Karma works for you or against you, peeps! ;)

Amanda Newsboy Cap by www.dandeliondaze.wordpress.com

Please don’t hesitate to ask me for clarification if it is needed on anything in this pattern.  It seems to have been the most difficult for me to write for some reason, so please let me know if anything doesn’t make sense!

Go………..create something beautiful today!

-Heather

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