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BALEX HAT – A FREE CROCHET PATTERN

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This is the only ribbed hat pattern you will ever need. The Balex Hat is a simple ribbed, crochet hat that you can reach for no matter what you’re wearing. This classic, versatile hat can be worn with a folded up brim, or unfolded for slouch; with a pompom, or without. This hat doesn’t take much time to make, but it will be worn for years to come.

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BALEX HAT

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YARN:
Bernat Premium in Aran Tweed
Worsted Weight #4 ~ 80 grams, 145 yards

HOOK:
5.5 mm (US I-9)

GAUGE:
13 single crochet and 15 rows = 4 inches

SIZE:
Teen/Adult = 21 to 23 inch head circumference

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:
Circumference = 18.5 inches (unstretched)
Length = 8 inches (when folded)

ABBREVIATIONS (US):
RS = right side
SC = single crochet
SL ST = slip stitch

NOTES:
The turning chain at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

*Keep your tension loose when making the slip stitches so they are easier to work into. 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Row 1: Chain 46. SL ST in second chain from hook. SL ST in next 9 chains. SC in each remaining chain to end. (45)

*Work all stitches in back loops only for remainder of pattern.

Row 2 (RS): Chain 1. Turn. SC in first stitch. SC in next 34 stitches. SL ST in next 9 stitches. The last stitch will not be worked. (44)

Row 3: Chain 1. Turn. SL ST in first 9 stitches. SC in each remaining stitch to end. (44)

Row 4: Chain 1. Turn. SC in first stitch. SC in next 34 stitches. SL ST in next 8 stitches. The last stitch will not be worked. (43)

Row 5: Chain 1. Turn. SL ST in first 8 stitches. SC in each remaining stitch to end. (43)

Row 6: Chain 1. Turn. SC in first stitch. SC in next 34 stitches. SL ST in next 7 stitches. The last stitch will not be worked. (42)

Row 7: Chain 1. Turn. SL ST in first 7 stitches. SC in each remaining stitch to end. (42)

Row 8: Chain 1. Turn. SC in first stitch. SC in next 34 stitches. SL ST in next 6 stitches. The last stitch will not be worked. (41)

Row 9: Chain 1. Turn. SL ST in first 6 stitches. SC in each remaining stitch to end. (41)

Row 10: Chain 1. Turn. SC in first stitch. SC in next 34 stitches. SL ST in next 5 stitches. The last stitch will not be worked. (40)

Row 11: Chain 1. Turn. SL ST in first 5 stitches. SC in each remaining stitch to end. (40)

Row 12: Chain 1. Turn. SC in first stitch. SC in next 34 stitches. SL ST in next 5 stitches. SL ST in each unworked SL ST of previous rows (5 unworked stitches total). (45)

Row 13: Chain 1. Turn. SL ST in first 10 stitches. SC in each remaining stitch to end. (45)

Repeat Row 2 through Row 13 four times.

There should be 61 rows total.

Seaming: With right sides facing, bring edges of work together and slip stitch through both loops of the last row and the corresponding loops on the foundation chain.

Fasten off and use the tail to close the opening at the top of the hat. Weave it through each stitch and pull gently to tighten.

Weave in ends.

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