Mermaid Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern

Mermaid Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern

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They said I could be anything, so I became a MERMAID!  It doesn’t get much more magical than this sparkly, soft mermaid slouchy hat!  I wanted to design a fun slouchy hat this winter that wasn’t your ordinary hat…something comfy, but striking and unique, as well.  If you’ve been following my blog for a little bit, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of anything cute and make-believe (hence my obsession with amigurumi and play food!).  So what better way to add some magic to an ordinary slouchy hat than to make it into a mermaid hat?!

The hat is worked up using the easy and fun crocodile stitch, which is used to make the “scales” of the hat.  To top it all off, there’s an honest to goodness little fin on the back of the hat – right where you would usually see a pom pom!

But the scales and fin aren’t even the best part of this hat!  I knew when I was making this that I absolutely had to use a yarn that was sparkly!  I quickly learned that it can be tough to find a medium-weight sparkle yarn that isn’t limited edition or seasonal.  Then I came across an old favorite from my days of making sparkly shamrock scarves – Caron Simply Soft Party!  This yarn has just the right weight for a soft, warm slouchy hat, and the metallic thread that runs through it TRULY sparkles!  Plus, it comes in lots of gorgeous, deep colors!  For this hat, I chose “Purple”.  The adult size uses two skeins – find them on Amazon here!

Ready to dive into this pattern?  (Get it?!)  Let’s go!

 

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Supplies:

Size I/9 5.25 mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

2 Skeins of Caron Simply Soft “Party” Yarn (“Purple” color way used in photo)

 

Abbreviations:

Beg = beginning

BLO = back loop only

Ch(s) = chains

Dc = double crochet

Fpdc = front post double crochet

Rem = remaining

Rep = repeat

Rnd = round

Sc = single crochet

Sk = skip

Sl st = slip stitch

St(s) = stitch(es)

 

Size:

Cuff Circumference of about 21”; total length (before fin) of about 11”

 

Special Stitches:

Front post double crochet: double crochet around a double crochet post from the previous round (hook is inserted behind post so as to push the post to the “front”)

Crocodile stitch (Crocodile st) – 4 fpdc around one dc post of a 2dc cluster, 4 fpdc around other dc post of 2dc cluster.

 

Gauge:

2 rows of crocodile stitches=1.75”, and 1 crocodile stitch across=1.75”

 

Instructions

Cuff

Row 1: Ch 9, sc across.  Ch 1, turn. (9 sc)

Row 2: In BLO (see Fig. 1), sc across, ch 1.  (9 sc)

Rep Row 2 until cuff measures 21″ when VERY stretched – about 53 rows total (9 sc each row)

Place both ends of the cuff together, and sl st across in BLO to make join the band and form cuff (see Fig. 2). Do not fasten off.  Ch 1.

 

Working around top of cuff

Rnd 1: Evenly sc 71. Join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (71 sc)


Body of hat

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1), sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next. *Ch 1, sk 2 sts, dc in next. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next.* rep from * to * 10 more times. Ch 1, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 from beg of rnd.  (Fig. 3 shows dc’s and 2dc clusters.)  (12 dc and 12 2dc clusters)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st (first dc). *In 2 dc cluster from rnd below, 4 fpdc around one dc of 2dc cluster (Fig. 4 shows 4 fpdc worked around first post); 4 fpdc around next dc post – crocodile stitch made. (Note: to make a crocodile stitch, you will need to turn your work to dc around the second post – see Fig. 5 for order in which dc’s are worked.) Sc in next dc.*  Rep from * to * 10 times. Crocodile st around last 2dc cluster.  Join with sl st to first sc from beg of rnd. (12 crocodiles and 12 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc in same st. Ch 1.  *In center of next crocodile st from previous rnd, dc. Ch 1. In next sc from previous rnd, 2 dc. Ch 1.* rep from * to * 10 times. In center of next crocodile st from previous rnd, dc. Join with sl st to top of ch 2 from beg of rnd. (12 2dc clusters and 12 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 1. *Crocodile st around 2dc cluster, sc in next dc from previous rnd.* Rep from * to * 11 more times. Join with sl st to center of first crocodile st made. (12 crocodiles and 12 sc)

Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1); in next sc, 2dc. Ch 1.  *In center of next crocodile st from previous rnd, dc. Ch 1. In next sc from previous rnd, 2 dc. Ch 1.* rep from * to * 11 times. Join with sl st to top of ch 2 from beg of rnd. (12 2dc clusters and 12 dc)

Rnds 7 – 26: Rep Rnds 3 – 6 five more times.

Rnd 27: Rep Rnd 3 once more. Do not fasten off.

 

Combining/Decreasing Crocodile Stitches

Rnd 28: Ch 2, dc in same st, ch 1. Dc in center of next crocodile st from previous rnd. *Dc in next sc from previous rnd, and dc in next sc from previous rnd – first deceased/combined 2dc cluster made (see Fig. 6). Ch 1. Dc in center of next  crocodile st from previous rnd, ch 1. 2 dc in next sc from previous rnd, ch 1. Dc in center of next crocodile st, ch 1.*  Rep from * to * two more times. Dc in next sc from previous rnd, and dc in next sc from previous rnd – last decreased 2dc cluster. Ch 1. Dc in center of next crocodile st from previous rnd, ch 1.  Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (8 2dc clusters, 8 dc)

Rnd 29: Ch 1, *crocodile st around 2 posts below. Sc in next dc from previous rnd below. Crocodile st around decreased posts from previous rnd below (see Fig 7). Sc in next dc from rnd below.*  Rep from * to * three more times. Join with sl st to center of crocodile st from beg of rnd. (8 crocodile sts, 8 sc)

Rnd 30: Ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *dc in next sc from previous rnd, dc in the next sc from previous rnd – combined 2dc cluster made. Ch 1, dc in center of crocodile from previous rnd. 2 dc in sc from previous rnd. Ch 1, dc in center of crocodile st from previous rnd, ch 1* Rep from * to * once more. Dc in next sc, dc in next sc after that – last combined 2dc cluster made, ch 1. Join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 from beg of rnd. (5 dc and 5 2dc clusters)

Rnd 31: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1. *Crocodile st around first decreased 2dc cluster from previous rnd – first decreased crocodile made. Sc in next dc from previous rnd. Crocodile st around next 2dc cluster from rnd below. Sc in next dc from rnd below.*  Rep from * to * once more.  Crocodile around last decreased 2dc cluster. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  (5 sc and 5 crocodile sts)

 

Closing top of hat

With long tail threaded on needle, gather sts around yarn needle and pull through (Fig. 8), cinching the hat closed (tie a knot to keep in place if necessary).  Fasten off, carry yarn ends to inside of hat, and weave in ends.

 

Fin

(All rows are worked in BLO)

Ch 15.

Row 1: Sc across, ch 1, turn (14 sc)
Row 2: Sc in 13 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (13 sc)
Row 3: Sc across. Ch 1, turn (13 sc)
Row 4: Sc in 12 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 5: Sc across.  Ch 1, turn (Fig. 9 shows what your work should look like after this row) (12 sc)


Row 6: Sc in 11 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 7: Sc across.  Ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 8: Sc in 10 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 9: Sc across.  Ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 10: Sc in 9 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (9 sc)
Row 11: Sc across.  Ch 1, turn (9 sc)
Row 12: Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 13: Sc across, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 14: Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 15: Sc across, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 16: Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 17: Sc across across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 18: Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (13 sc)
Row 19: Sc across, ch 1, turn (13 sc)

Row 20: Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (14 sc)

Row 21: Sc across, ch 1 (14 sc)

Sc evenly 6 sc across top of fin (Fig. 10). Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew fin to top of hat (Fig. 11). Carry yarn tails to the inside of hat and weave in ends.

 

Here is the finished mermaid hat!

 

Thanks for joining me for this mermaid slouchy hat!  And guess what?  I’ll be releasing the KIDS VERSION soon!  So, you can crochet mermaid hats for every kiddo you know!  Stay tuned by following me on social media and subscribing to my email list (links/signup form are on the right)!

 

 

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