Friday, January 27, 2012

Nested Shells crochet hat pattern



** Update: I made post on errata with photos of how to crochet row 7 -- please see the most recent post on my blog. Errata as of 2/10/2012 -- old row 12 deleted (extra row), row 7 altered, turning chain replaced with "beginning ch" (do not turn project -- work in the round).

I created this hat pattern last spring and recently posted it on my blog. Please enjoy it now and comment with any questions or difficulties. After I get the pattern tested out, I plan on selling it.

Nested Shells Hat
Difficulty: Intermediate
Stitches: ch, sc, dc, slip stitch, fpdc
Special Stitches: Shell: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
Hook: 5.5mm or 6mm
Use a worsted weight yarn, on the heavier side. (Light worsted will give you a tiny hat). I used Paton’s classic wool (1 skein 210yd/ 192m)
Pattern Instructions:
Row 1: ch 3, join into a circle by making a slip stitch into the first ch.
Row 2: ch 2, 11 dc into ring, join in top of 1st dc (not the top of ch 2) (10 stitches)
Row 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch as ch 2, 2 dc in each stitch around, join with slip stitch in top of first dc of the round (21 stitches)
Row 4: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch, join with a slip stitch in 1st dc of round (42 stitches)
Row 5: ch 1, sc in back loop of same stitch as ch 1, *sc in the back loop of next two dc, 2 sc in the back loop of the next dc* repeat from * to * through the rest of the round (55 stitches)
Row 6: ch 1, sc in the back loop of the same stitch as ch 1, sc in the back loop in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch in top of first sc. (55 st)
Row 7: ch 3, *skip 3 sc, shell into next sc, ch 1, skip 3 sc, dc into next sc, 2 dc into next sc, dc into next sc, ch 1* Repeat from * to * 3 times, skip 3 sc, shell into next sc, skip 3 sc, 1 dc into next 4 dc, join with a slip stitch into the second ch of the 3 ch made at the beginning of each round. See separate post for row 7
row 8: *ch 1, shell into ch space of first shell from last round, ch 1, fpdc around next dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, fpdc around last dc* Repeat from * to * around, ending with a fpdc on last dc of last round. Do not join, but continue to the next round. Work rows 9 through 19 without joining.
row 9: *ch 1, shell into ch space of first shell from last round, ch 1, front post double crochet around next fpdc, dc in next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, front post double crochet around next dc* Repeat from * to * around, ending with a fpdc on last fpdc of last round.
row 10: *ch 1, shell into ch space of first shell from last round, ch 1, front post double crochet around next fpdc, dc in next 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, front post double crochet around next fpdc* Repeat from * to * around, ending with a fpdc on last dc of last round.
row 11: *ch 1, shell into ch space of first shell from last round, ch 1, front post double crochet around next fpdc, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, front post double crochet around next fpdc* Repeat from * to * around, ending with a fpdc on last dc of last round.
rows 12 – 16: (five straight rounds): *ch 1, shell into ch space of first shell from last round, ch 1, front post double crochet around next dc, dc in next 11 dc, front post double crochet around next dc* Repeat from * to * around, ending with a fpdc on last dc of last round.
Row 17: (begin decrease): *ch1, shell into ch space of next shell, ch1, fpdc around fpdc, dc in next 4 dc, dc decrease over the next 3 stitches, dc in next 4 dc, fpdc around next fpdc.* Repeat from * to * through the end of the round.
Row 18: *Shell into ch space of next shell (do not ch 1), fpdc around next fpdc, dc in next dc, dc decrease over 2 stitches, dc in next 3 dc, dc decrease over next 2 stitches, dc in next dc, fpdc around next fpdc.* Repeat from * to * through the end of the round.
Row 19: ch1, 1 sc in same stitch, *skip first dc of shell, sc in second dc of shell, skip next dc of shell, 2 sc in ch space of shell, skip next dc of shell, sc in next dc of shell, skip next dc of shell, sc in next fpdc. Sc in every dc until next fpdc, sc in next fpdc.* Repeat from * to * through the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch in ch1 from the beginning of the round.
Row 20: ch 1, sc in the back loops of each sc of the round. Join with a slip stitch in the ch1 of the beginning of the round.
Row 21: ch 2, 1 dc in the back loops of each sc of the previous round. Join with a slip stitch in the first dc of the round.
Row 22: ch1, 1 sc in the back loops of each sc of the previous round. Join with a slip stitch in the beginning ch1.
Size Medium/Large. Add one increase row, then make one less even (no increase or decrease) row. Decrease the same amount/method you would as in the small, but space the decreases so they come out evenly (more specific instructions on this to come).

26 comments:

  1. thank you for the hat pattern and the feedback about the socks!!! yeah!!! looking forward to following your blog as it continues to grow! happy 2012! happy saturday!

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    1. I love the zig zag sock pattern. I am finishing up the pair and plan on making a second with a lighter yarn. :) Hope you like the hat pattern, too!

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  2. Hello Kristen in having a hard time after round 7 or 8 like I'm missing some stitches or something. There's a gap before my shell stitch can u look over the pattern to see if anything is missing or maybe help me figure where I'm going wrong at. My email is ayanajd@gmail.com

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    1. Hi CherryBerry,

      I will try to retest the pattern in the next couple of days based on the feedback I get and make revisions if necessary/post errata.

      Check that you have 55 total stitches at the end of round 6 so that the shells fit in evenly. Hope this helps for now!

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    2. I do have the 55 stitches and I can get the first row shells fine. Its after that where I have the problem.Doing the next round of shells theres gaps before my shells start and after it looks like its suppose to. I appreciate your quick response. Its killing me not being able to conquer this hat because I love it

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    3. Have you tried to just keep going with the pattern? If you look at the picture you'll notice there are gaps before and after the stitch you make the shell into. It's part of the nested motif, which will even out as you continue making rows. You could also post an infocus, well-lit picture on Ravelry so that I have a better idea of what the gaps are like.

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  4. very nice pattern. Do you have a chart for this? it will be help me. I try a crocheted it.

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    1. I haven't made a chart yet, but I may in the near future. Thanks for your feedback!

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  5. Kristin,

    Beautiful pattern. I get to row 13 and I am confused. I have 13 stitches in between FPDC instead of 11. When I complete row 12, I have FPDC, 5 dc, 3 dc in 1 dc, 5 dc, FPDC before cluster/shell. Should I change row 12?

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  6. Hi Martha,

    Thanks for catching this discrepancy.

    There should be 13 total stitches including the fpdcs, so omit row13

    ... unless you prefer a larger size hat, then check the instructions at the bottom for making the medium/large for how to proceed after that.

    I'm hoping to have some time to do a test run tonight, after which point I'll post errata for the row 13 error.

    Thanks for your post!

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    1. Kristin,

      So I should do 4 straight rounds after?

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    2. Crochet 5 straight rounds unless you are making the medium/large.

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  7. kristin, this is such a lovely hat-- love the design and color, and it looks so nice on you. thank you for sharing this pattern.:)

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  9. This was a great, easy project! It was the first hat I've ever made, and it's beautiful! Now I just need to have an art exhibit or something!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! I'm glad you like it. I just posted a new pattern if you are interested :)

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  10. Hey, this hat is so gorgeous, but I'm having trouble with my first couple rows of shells, they are looking more ripply and aren't lining up in a row. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong that the shells are alternating. Any advice? =(
    -Andrea

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    1. Hey Andrea, are you making the shell stitches in the chain two gap of the last rows shell stitches?

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  11. Hi Kristin,

    I absolutely love this hat and appreciateyou sharing the pattern! I'm just having trouble with row 21. When I do 2 dc in theback loopof each sc of the prior round, I end up with a weirdly flared out band that doesn't lay flat when I try the hat on. Do you have any advice? I'm mostly worried that, as a newer crocheter, I'm reading the pattern wrong.

    Many thanks for any advice you might have!

    Louise

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    1. I am having exactly the same problem. I just finished the hat and it looks really great, except for the edge that looks frilly. Did you really mean to say: 2 dc in the back loops of each sc of the previous round"? It doubles the number of stitches and it looks weird. Shouldn't it be just 1 dc in each sc? Thanks for sharing this pattern though, I love it!

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    2. You are both right, I've updated the pattern. Thanks for your comments! :)

      - Kristin

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    3. Kristin, I finished the hat with the 1dc band and I love it! Thanks again for sharing the pattern, I enjoyed a more challenging project than the beanie hats I'd been making and I'm going to enjoy my toasty warm ears this winter!

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