I really enjoy crocheting teddy bears, but sometimes they need some accessories, too! I was working on a new bear with an oversized head and she definitely needed a hat, but I wanted one that looked kind of like a gardening hat because the bear was stitched with a variegated pink and green yarn called Rose Garden. I wanted a floppy looking brim, but didn’t want it to look like a sombrero… I looked around for straw hat patterns and even for some pre-made hats, but just couldn’t find anything that suited me.
So I improvised.
This hat is worked using #20 (about 2mm) hemp cord because I wanted it to have structure without needing to starch it. Raffia ribbon would also probably work well and be a little less rough to crochet with. All stitches are worked in the back loops only to give the hat more texture, but it’s also a little easier to work into just one loop instead of two.
You should be able to simply choose a heaver weight cord and appropriate hook to make a larger version of this hat, but you can also add a few more rounds, increasing by six stitches in each, before working the equivalent of rounds 6-9. This version measures approximately 4.75” across.
#20 Hemp Cord
3.75mm/F Crochet Hook
1/8” (3mm) Light Green Ribbon
Small Silk or Polyester Rosettes
Craft Glue (optional)
Rnd 1: 6 sc into adjustable base ring (magic loop). Mark first stitch of each round as you work with a stitch marker and do not join rounds.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each stitch around, working in blo. (12 sc).
Rnd 3: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next) around, working in blo. (18 sc).
Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next) around, working in blo. (24 sc).
Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next) around, working in blo. (30 sc).
Rnds 6-9: sc in ea st around, working in blo. (30 sc).
Rnd 10: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next) around, working in blo. (45 sc).
Rnd 11: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next) around, working in blo. (60 sc).
Rnd 12: (sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next) around, working in blo. (75 sc).
Rnd 13: (sl st in next, ch 1) around, working in blo, and tie off.
Note: if you would prefer a brim that lies flat rather than ruffling, work rounds 10-12 by continuing to make increases in multiples of six rather than 15 (i.e. row 10 would have a total of 36 sc by increasing every fifth stitch).
To add the ribbon, wrap it around the hat and thread each end through the unworked front loop of a single crochet stitch. Tie a knot or bow to secure. Attach the flowers with an additional length of ribbon (12-24”) by threading it through the loop of the ribbon leaves on the bottom of the flower where it is sewn on and then running the ribbon back through the same space it was pulled through to the front of the hat to attach the flower.
I used seven flowers, clustering them over the knot where the ribbon band is secured, and then pulled the two ends of the ribbon used to sew on the flowers through the same loops I threaded the original band ends through, trimming them to whatever length is desired.
To provide a little added security, you can add a few dots of glue under the ribbon and/or flowers, and even on the ends of the hemp where you’ve tied it off. Be sure to seal the ends of the ribbon to keep them from fraying, also. I usually use a lighter and very carefully melt the ends of the ribbon just a tiny bit, taking care not to scorch the ribbon or it will turn brown.
If I had the patience, I would work up a full-sized version for my Granny because I know she’d love it and I think hemp would be a great material for an actual sun hat. It’s just awfully rough on my poor little fingers! But perhaps I’ll add it to my to-do list anyway.
Good luck making your own little sun hat and I hope you have fun with it! Experiment with the design. Customize your hat with different flowers – maybe even try some colored hemp cord. I’d love to see your creations, too, so if you feel like sharing, pop on over to my Facebook page or tag me @crochetcetera on Instagram or Twitter and show me what you come up with!
*This pattern has not been tested for accuracy. Originally published 04 September 2011.
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