Raffia Crochet Sun Hat – Stepping Out

Stepping out into the summer sun? Take some shade along, with a raffia crochet sun hat. The Stepping Out sun hat is a fast and fun pattern using a unique yarn. Don’t like it so floppy? The pattern includes suggestions for adjusting the brim!

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Hat of the Month CAL

This raffia crochet sun hat is my contribution to the Hat of the Month CAL. The year-long CAL event is hosted by Oombawka Designs and The Stitchin Mommy. Follow along for 3 new hat patterns every month! The other two patterns this month are the Just Another Day Hat by Oombawka Designs and the Bonfire Hat by The Stitch Mommy.

Hat of the month collage

Make the Summer Scarf too!

Oombawka Designs and The Stitchin Mommy also run a Scarf of the Month CAL. My pattern for that CAL was the Stepping Out Summer Scarf, which coordinates beautifully with this hat!

Stepping Out Summer Scarf

King Cole Raffia Yarn

King Cole generously provided the yarn for this design. For the hat, I used their Raffia yarn. It’s 100% cellulose rayon in a ribbon yarn format. I thought it would be stiff and hard to work with but it was surprisingly flexible. I didn’t have any issues with splitting or fraying. It was even easy to weave in. I did weave in a little bit extra of a tail each time just because it’s not a “grippy” type of yarn, and I wanted to be sure the tails wouldn’t pull out.

King Cole Raffia and Summer yarns

For the optional cord, I used a lovely, lightweight, self striping yarn called Summer. This is the same yarn I used for the Stepping Out Summer Scarf pattern. I made my cord in the same yarn so that the hat and scarf would coordinate, but you can use any type of lace or cord that you prefer.

Clover Wonder Knitter

To make the cord, I used the Clover Wonder Knitter, which Clover had given me for free to review. It’s a new take on a traditional French knitting tool, with added features that make it so much faster and easier to use! Check out my full review and tutorial for all the details.

How to Knit a Cord with the Clover Wonder Knitter tutorial and product review on Stitches n Scraps


Stepping Out Sun Hat

4-medium
Project Level Easy

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Materials

  • Yarn: 225 yds King Cole Raffia, worsted weight yarn. 100% Cellulose Rayon, shown in color #1456 Natural
  • Hook: Size J / 6 mm crochet hook or size needed to match gauge.
  • Notions:
    • 34 [36, 38] inches ribbon, lace, or cord (optional – see note below)

The hat has an optional lace or cord woven into it. You can use a pre-made ribbon or cord, or can make your own. For mine I used King Cole Summer 4-ply, fingering weight yarn in color #4570 Crystal, and I knit it into a cord with the Clover Wonder Knitter.

Project Level

Easy: Mostly single crochet in the round, with increases and decreases, and some half double crochet.

Sizes

Child, [S/M, L]

Instructions are shown for child size, with other sizes listed in [ ]

SizeTo fit head circumference:
Child18-20 inches
S/M20-22 inches
L22-24 inches

Gauge

12 sc x 12 rnds = 4 inches. Use pattern as gauge swatch – Rnds 1 – 6 should measure 4 inches in diameter.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
ch-sp = chain space
hdc = half double crochet
inc = increase (see Special Stitch)
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)

Special Stitches

Increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of next st, then sc in both loops of the same st. See full tutorial here.

Almost Invisible SC Increase - Stitches n Scraps

Instructions

Entire hat is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join or turn. Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

Crown

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (Sc in next st, inc in next st) around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: Sc in each of next 2 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts) around to last 2 sts, inc in next st, sc in next st. (30 sc)

Rnd 6: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts) around. (36 sc)

Rnd 7: Sc in each of next 3 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts) around to last 3 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts. (42 sc)

Rnd 8: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts) around. (48 sc)

Sizes S/M and L only:

Rnd 9: Sc in each of next 4 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts) around to last 4 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts. (54 sc)

Size L only:

Rnd 10: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 17 sts) around. (57 sc)

Middle

Rnd 1: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 16 [17, 18] sts) around. (51 [57, 60] sc)

Rnd 2: Sc in each of next 9 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 17 [18, 19] sts) twice, inc in next st, sc in each of next 8 [9, 10] sts. (54 [60, 63] sc)

Rnd 3: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 18 [19, 20] sts) around. (57 [63, 66] sc)

Rnd 4: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 5: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 19 [20, 21] sts) around. (60 [66, 72] sc)

Rnd 6: Sc in each st around.

Repeat rnd 6 7 [8, 9] times more.

Eyelet rnd: (Hdc in next st, ch 1, sk next st) around (30 [33, 36] hdc, 30 [33, 36] ch-1 sps)

Last rnd: (Sk next st, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp) around. (60 [66, 72] sc)

Sun hat after eyelets

Brim

Not all sizes start with rnd 1 – start with the rnd indicated for your size.

To adjust the size of the brim, stop after any round as desired, and continue to the edging.

Size Child only:

Rnd 1: Sc in each of next 5 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 9 sts) around to last 5 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts. (66 sc)

Sizes Child & S/M only:

Rnd 2: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts) around. (72 sc)

All sizes:

Rnd 3: Sc in each of next 6 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 11 sts) around to last 6 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts. (78 sc)

Rnd 4: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 12 sts) around. (84 sc)

Rnd 5: Sc in each of next 7 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 13 sts) around to last 7 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts. (90 sc)

Rnd 6: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 14 sts) around. (96 sc)

Rnd 7: Sc in each of next 8 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 15 sts) around to last 8 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts. (102 sc)

Rnd 8: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 16 sts) around. (108 sc)

Rnd 9: Sc in each of next 9 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 17 sts) around to last 9 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts. (114 sc)

Sizes S/M and L only:

Rnd 10: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 18 sts) around. (120 sc)

Rnd 11: Sc in each of next 10 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 19 sts) around to last 10 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 9 sts. (126 sc)

Rnd 12: (Inc in next st, sc in each of next 20 sts) around. (132 sc)

Size L only:

Rnd 13: Sc in each of next 12 sts, (inc in next st, sc in each of next 21 sts) around to last 12 sts, inc in next st, sc in each of next 11 sts. (138 sc)

Edging

Rnd 1: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 2: Sl st in each st around.

Sun hat after brim

Finishing

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Optional: Weave ribbon or cord through eyelets and tie in a bow at the back. Try making your own cord with the Clover Wonder Knitter!

Optional: Fold front brim up and tack it to body of hat with a decorative pin (this is how I like to wear mine). You can also sew it in place if you prefer.

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3 Comments

  • Carole

    The sun hat looked like fun to make. The raffia colors offered by King Cole are beautiful.

    The only problem I found is I can’t find anywhere to buy them. King Cole sent me a list of locations in Michigan anywhere from 25 to 83 miles away. Most had no online presence. The two that did, didn’t carry Raffia.

    Can you recommend a vendor?

    • Pia Thadani

      oh no! How frustrating. I was going to recommend LoveCrafts but they don’t seem to have the Raffia either, or are out of stock on it. I have asked my contact at King Cole to see if he has any input. I know they’re growing their presence in the US right now so hopefully there’s a store that carries it on line.

    • Pia Thadani

      Ok I reached out to King Cole and they gave me some online stores to try: (www.springwools.com or http://www.deramores.com or http://www.lovecrafts.com or http://www.woolwarehouse.com) but none seemed to have the Raffia. I did find it at Lovecrafts UK site, though they only have one color in stock: https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/p/king-cole-raffia I’ve ordered from the UK site before, when the US site was out of stock on what I needed. Took a long time to come but they did ship to me from the UK.

      It seems like everyone may just be out of stock on it right now, I will keep an eye out and if I see it come back in stock I’ll let you know.

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