Chunky Crochet PomPom Hat THREE Ways!

Hello yarning friends!  I’ve got a new pattern that I’m really excited to share with you.  It has all the elements you’d want in a winter hat: it’s toasty warm, it’s super fast, it’s universally flattering, and it’s unisex.  Yes, all of the above!

Crochet Pom Pom Hat Three Ways | Classy CrochetHere’s the story of how this hat/pattern came about:

Prior to this past winter, the hats that I’d made were warm and satisfying.  The newsboy cap was stylin on stylin days, the chunky cloche was the best for really cold days – my head was usually sweating by the time I’d get off the Metro in Washington DC – and others I had lying about always served the trick.  It was more a matter of when I could justify wearing them vs. the need to actually do so.

Then, last year, we moved to Beijing, China.  The winter, as we quickly discovered, is much, much colder than anything DC could possibly have offered up, and being in a big city sans car meant you had to walk everywhere. Now, I’m from upstate NY and my husband’s from the upper peninsula of Michigan (you didn’t know they had one, did you?  That’s how many people live there), so we’re both used to cold winters.  But this past winter was cold.  In fact, the month of December supposedly racked up as one of the coldest in Beijing history, so even for a Beijing winter it was frickin freezing.  Temperatures aside, the city is also extremely windy.  Chicago-eans, I have newfound respect for you all!

I had planned ahead of time and purchased the longest, warmest puffy coat I could from Lands’ End – not the stylish ones that end right past your hips, but the to-the-floor style that’s basically a sleeping bag with holes cut out for your feet.  Wearing it just *barely* kept the chill at bay, and the eight inches that my legs stuck out the bottom were always frigid (insert need to knit myself legwarmers for this winter.  Yes, LEGWARMERS!).

Anyway, the point is, my hats no longer kept my head warm.  They were too thin, they were too holey, and that ridiculous Beijing wind would just whip through any beautiful design I’d attempted, mocking my creativity and destroying my will to live. Or knit or crochet or whatever.

So, this year I was determined to make a hat that will keep my head toasty and sweaty no matter what the elements.  I figured chunky yarn with a close, thick stitch would do the trick.  And everyone loves pompoms!

This pattern is really more for me than it is for you, but y’know, I like to share so here it is.  The double crochet is the fastest, but darn those holes, so I made up a single crochet version, and then I thought, heck, while I’m at it, I might as well do the half double crochet to round out the triumvirate. There are adult, child, and baby sizes for each, and the sizes can easily be modified by changing the weight of your yarn and/or the size of your crochet hook.

Make one for every member of your family and thumb your nose at those wiley winter winds!

Get it on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today and get crocheting!

Shake your pom pom, shake your pom pom…

A few months ago I discovered this fantastic pattern for a quick and sporty toddler/child hat.  I totally luuuurved it – it was fast, it was easy, it was my first time knitting stripes, the boy factor was most definitely there, and the color combinations (read: sports team related) are endless.  It was a great way to use smallish amounts of my ever-increasing Lion Brand Thick n Quick collection, PLUS two Christmasses ago I had gotten a whole collection of pom pom makers that I’d never actually used.  Win!

Pom Pom Knit Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

When my husband saw these, he immediately wanted one in the University of Michigan colors.  Apparently, Lion Brand’s dark navy blue and citron yellow don’t cut it.  For a guy who can’t tell the difference between purple and orange on any given day, he suddenly becomes an expert on the nuances between “maize” and “mustard” when it comes to his beloved football team.  In an effort to find the right color yarn, in the right weight and texture, I had to expand my yarn choices to Lion Brand Homespun, a similar weight yarn in a shinier acrylic that I wasn’t a huge fan of (it’s not terribly elastic), but darn it if the colors weren’t more accurate for his precious Wolverines.

Anyway, this is by no means a “look what I created!” pattern, because I very obviously fashioned it off of Fiberflux, but here is what I did for a (very) large men’s head.  My own head is also ginormous (23″) and my husband’s is 24″.  The hat fit my head fine, I just had to add a few rows for his head.

Cast on 44 stitches with size 13 needles (16″ circular) in main color (MC)

Rows 1-5: k2, p2 rib

Row 6: switch to size 15 needles.

Knit two rows in MC, two rows in second color (CC), alternate two rows MC/two rows CC for three rows of CC total

Continue knitting in MC until hat measures 6″/6.5″ (for 23″ or 24″ head) – this ended up being about 16 stockinette rows total for my husband, probably about 14 rows for myself.  Begin decrease sequence.  If your own head is a much more normal 21″-22″, cast on 40 stitches instead of 44.  I’d still knit 14 rows though.

Decrease sequence:

Row 1: *k2tog, k3, repeat from * to end of round.

Row 2: knit

Row 3: *k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Row 4: switch to dpns, knit

Row 5: *k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Row 6: knit

Row 7: k2tog around.

Row 8: k2tog around, fasten off.

Make extremely large pompom.  You’ll have two tails from tying it together; use these to thread into hat, sew a few stitches to secure, and then tie a square knot.  Secure some more, and fasten off.

So.  Pom poms.  Although as previously stated, I had four pompom makers, sadly the largest one still came woefully short regarding adequate fluffy balls (yes, snicker).  Therefore, I had to go online and order an additional one, the largest pom pom maker I could find.  It look something like five weeks to get here, by which time said husband’s head was getting pretty durn chilly.  Glad it finally came though, he loves his hat and wears it everywhere!

Pom Pom Knit Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

Please ignore the fact that the first stripe is obviously three rows up from the other two, not two rows as previously stated in the pattern.  I was watching Wrath of the Titans for like the eightieth time (hey, U.S. television is limited in China), was distracted by the Medusa scene, lost count, and by the time I realized I was off I was waaaaay too lazy to rip it back down and fix it.  Husband didn’t worry at all though, apparently men don’t care about miscounted rows.

GO BLUE!