Navy Clusters Hat

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Navy Clusters Hat

Hey Everyone!

When I crocheted the Jess Mess-y Bun Hat, I loved the cluster stitch and wanted to use it again and again and again. And I thought what if not everyone likes the ponytail hat? Or what about women with short hair?

I, myself, prefer the full hat without the hole for my hair to peek out.  I’m the kind of woman that wears my hair in a ponytail most of the time because I’m too lazy to style it. (Truth bomb)  LOL! So, that’s why I prefer a full hat like this Navy Clusters Hat.

I’m able to let my hair down and it doesn’t matter if I’m having a bad hair day or not.  The hat covers any wild locks that have a mind of their own. Unfortunately, the minute I remove the hat, my hair goes right back into a ponytail.

C’est la vie, I guess.

Navy Clusters Hat

Yes!  Just the way I like it!

Navy Clusters Hat

Here’s the version of the messy bun hat without the hole. And I tell you what…The Caron yarn did not disappoint again!

I love how it seems to have a slight sheen to it rather than being a matte. It looks and feels like expensive yarn. Certainly nice enough to give away as a gift or even make and sell at craft fairs or flea markets. You could make one in every color and it only takes a couple of hours to make one hat—maybe one hour if you’re a fast crocheter.

This hat has a matching scarf, the Navy Clusters Infinity Scarf, that you can get here. If you would like the messy bun/ponytail hat version of this hat, the Jess Mess-y Bun Hat, check here. A longer version of the Navy Clusters Infinity Scarf that I called the Cream Clusters Extra Long Infinity Scarf, can be found here. Even though they are a different color, they are still variations of the same items. So go ahead, make them all! Mix and match depending on how you feel that day.

Enjoy!

Navy Clusters Hat

Materials Used:

* ½ skein (3 oz) of Caron Simply Soft – Dark Country Blue 6 oz / 170.1 g; 315 yds / 288 m
Or any medium weight yarn.
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
Adjust your hook size if needed to obtain the required gauge.
* Tapestry needle

Finished Size Approximately:

8 ¼”H x 23” circumference

Gauge:

6 clusters plus 2 dc of a cluster by 7 and a half rounds in a 4” (10cm) square.
Special Stitches:

Cluster Stitch

YO, insert hook in st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook, (YO, insert hook back into same st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1.

Front Post Double Crochet

YO, insert hook from front to back between the posts of the indicated dc of the round below and the one before it. Wrap hook around the desired dc by inserting hook from back to front between the posts of the indicated dc and the one after it. YO, draw yarn around the back of the post of the dc, YO, draw through 2 loops, YO, draw through 2 loops.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
FPdc – front post double crochet
YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain

Notes:

When making the first cluster stitch of a round, the ch 2 counts as the first stage of the cluster. So, ch 2, (YO, insert hook back into same st, YO, draw back through st, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, YO, draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 1. This will be indicated by “complete cluster” after instructions to ch 2.

* American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

FC: Ch 4; sl st in the 1st ch to form a loop; ch 2.

Row 1: (Ch 2 counts as 1st part of cluster st here and throughout) Complete cluster st. (Don’t forget the ch 1 to finish off every cluster st) 6 more cluster sts in loop; sl st in the top of 1st cluster made. (7 cluster sts)

Row 2: Sl st to ch-1 sp, ch 2, complete cluster st. In same sp, cluster st again. 2 cluster sts in each remaining ch-1 sp around. Sl st in top of first cluster made of row. (14 cluster sts)

Row 3: Sl st to ch-1 sp, ch 2, complete cluster st. In same sp, cluster st again. Cluster st in next ch-1 sp, *2 cluster sts in next ch-1 sp, cluster st in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of 1st cluster made. (21 cluster sts)

Row 4: Sl st to ch-1 sp, ch 2, complete cluster st. In same sp, cluster st again. Cluster st in next 2 ch-1 sps, *2 cluster sts in next ch-1 sp, cluster st in next 2 ch-1 sps* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of 1st cluster made. (28 cluster sts)

Row 5: Sl st to ch-1 sp, ch 2, complete cluster st. In same sp, cluster st again. Cluster st in next 3 ch-1 sps, *2 cluster sts in next ch-1 sp, cluster st in next 3 ch-1 sps* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of 1st cluster made. (35 cluster sts)

Row 6 – Row 11: Sl st to ch-1 sp, ch 2, complete cluster st. Cluster st in every ch-1 sp around; sl st in top of 1st cluster made. (35 clusters)

Row 12: Ch 2; dc in ea st around; sl st in top of 1st dc made. (70 dc + ch 2)

Row 13: Ch 2; *FPdc around next dc of Row 12; dc in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of 1st FPdc of row.

Row 14 – Row 15: Ch 2; *FPdc around FPdc of previous row; dc in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of 1st FPdc of row.

Finish off after Row 15. Weave in end.

Stay warm, my friends! (I sound like that beer commercial guy! LOL!)

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