Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ribbed Stocking Cap in Single Crochet

Ribbed Stocking Cap – Crocheted in Single Crochet
Compiled by Genavieve Hueftle-Nonamaker, Green Valley AZ
Worsted weight yarn, or sport weight, size J hook, or size suitable for yarn

BEGIN: work a chain for the desired length of the cap from top to bottom, plus an extra inch or two for a turned-back cuff. Try working a chain of about 10 inches - approximately 36 stitches (smaller for infants, approx. 7-8". You can adjust the length of your chain to work various-size caps.

*The entire cap is done in single crochet worked though the back loop of each stitch.*

ROW 1: Work a sc in the second chain from the hook, and in each remaining chain. Ch 1, turn.

ROW 2: Work a sc in each stitch of the previous row to within 5 stitches of the end. Do not work any stitches in these last 5 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

ROW 3: Sc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn.

ROW 4: Work a sc in all stitches INCLUDING the skipped stitches of row 2. Ch 1, turn.

ROW 5: Sc to end of row. Ch 1, turn. Place a pin (marker) at the end of this row (denotes bottom)

REPEAT ROWS 2 - 5 over and over until cap is wide enough to fit around head.

The end marked by the pin will be the bottom of the cap, which will be the end you want to have wide enough to fit around the head (approximately 18"… 12" plus for newborn). When the desired width is reached, end with the completion of row 3 of the pattern and sew or crochet the edges together.

Top: you can stitch the top closed & leave as is, or add a d├ęcor, such as pom-pom, flowers, tassel, whatever you can imagine. You can leave the top open and crochet a chain of 50, weave through top stitches, tighten, tie, & bow.

With knitting worsted weight yarn, you can get a cap out of approximately 2 ounces of yarn. If you have a lot of leftovers, you could stripe the cap by changing colors on every fourth row.

Note: Sometimes I "stripe" the cap by using a section of worsted weight yarn and change to sport yam every fourth row (makes a less "heavy" cap).

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