Jan 5, 2008

Pattern for the ridiculously huge pompom hat

Since I wrote down what I did, I might as well share it with you. Please tell me if there are any mistakes, they do happen from time to time.

Before you start, you should know that this entire hat is oversized, not just the pompom. I made it so that someone with lots of hair or, say, dreads could wear it. If you want it smaller, just skip one increase row (which will also make it a little shorter) and maybe adjust the earflaps so they start with 7 sts instead of 9.

Oversized pompom hat Oversized pompom hat - side view

I used Sandnes Canto for this, which is a super bulky yarn (although thick and

thin, so the gauge varies). 4 balls were needed, 3 dark purple and 1 lilac

(that's including the pompom, it takes a whole ball of yarn). Each ball contains about 35m of yarn.

Hook: 9mm
Gauge: 9 sts = 10cm/4" in dc.

Dc 10 in second loop from hook

Round 1: Ch 2. Increase in each st around. Join to first dc. (20 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2. 1 dc in same st as ch2. *Dc 1, increase in next st* Repeat
around. Join to first dc. (30 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2. 1 dc in same st as ch2. *Dc 2, increase in next st* Repeat
around. Join to first dc. (40 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2. 1 dc in same st as ch2. *Dc 3, increase in next st* Repeat
around. Join to first dc. (50 sts)
Rounds 5-9: Work even.
Fasten off.

Find the center stitch on each side of the hat.
On one side of hat, count 4 sts to each side of center stitch, 9 sts in all

Row 1: Join yarn, and dc in each of the 9 marked sts. Ch2, turn (9 sts - I
don't count the ch2 as a stitch here)
Row 2: Dc in each st. Ch2, turn (9 sts)
Row 3: Dc2tog, dc5, dc2tog. Ch2, turn (7sts)
Row 4: Dc2tog, dc3, dc2tog
Row 5: Dc2tog, dc1, dc2tog
Fasten off.

Repeat for the other earflap.

After both earflaps are done, join your contrast yarn in the middle back.
Sc around the entire bottom edge. Join with sl st, fasten off.
Weave in ends.

Attach 3 double strands of yarn, as long as you want (1 lilac, 2 dark purple)
to bottom middle stitch of each earflap and make 1 braid on each side.

Make ridiculously large pompom. Anchor it well, the wind might want a piece of
this one ;)

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Anonymous said...

This hat is great - do you think if I just used a smaller hook and smaller yarn it would work for a child?

Marte said...

I really don't know. You'd have to go quite a lot smaller, this hat is large! :) I can't promise a good result, because I've never tried it myself.

Deborah said...

Marte, i think if you used baby yarn and a small hook it would work. Just try that and if to small go up in yarn size and needle size. Have to do the trial and error on something like that. Love the look of this one, :-)

johanna said...

If I understand correctly, increasing is to add another DC on top of the already repeating dc number? for instance, row 4 you say to work with 3dc all the way around while increasing every other stitch (so 4 DC?)

also, what do you mean to work even?

Marte said...

In round 4 you work 3 dc, then in the next (4th) stitch you increse, i.e. work 2 dc in the same stith.

Work even simply means working the round without increasing or decreasing.

LadyS said...

This hat looks utterly amazing. I have a question about the first part. You say to DC 10 in second loop from hook... Do I ch 3 and slip stitch it together? Then DC 10, passing through the middle of that? I'm a little confused, sorry!!

Marte said...

No, you find the second stitch from the hook, then work 10dc in that stitch. Or, if you know how to do a magic ring, you can start with that and work 10dc in the ring instead.