Crochet Shell Slouch Hat Crochet Geek



With this crochet hat, I worked extra increase rounds for a slouch style cap.  Please comment and share pictures with me of you in your crochet hat.  Thanks, Teresa

Written by Teresa Richardson
Hook- Size G Crochet Hook
Yarn- Red Heart 4-ply worsted weight
Size Estimate - 22 inches around


Abbreviations
SH = Shell
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
MC = Magic Circle

I am providing two starts for the cap. You can pick which one you want to use.
Start 1: Magic Circle for starting loop.
Start 2: Chain 7, join

Round 1: CH 1, *SC in starting loop. SH of 5 DC in loop, complete 4 times from *, join in beginning SC. (4 Shells)

This next round is preparing for the shell increases. It takes two rounds to complete an increase for shells.
Round 2: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in same ST, (this will be an increase shell)SH- 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. SC in 3rd DC, complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the first part of the shell increase, you will have 4 shells with 3DC,CH 1, 3 DC in each shell. There will be 4 more shells added to each chain 1 space in the next round.)

Round 3: SL ST to 2nd DC, CH 1,*SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in CH 1 space, SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in the next SC, Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the second part of the shell increase. When this round is complete, there will be 8 full shells with 5 double crochet each)
Round 4: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 8 times total from*, join in beg SC. (This is just a normal round of shells. You will have 8 shells with 5 DC in each shell)

Round 5: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in DC, SH-3DC, CH 1, 3DC in next SC. SC in 3rd DC. SH-5DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from*, join in beg SC. (First part of the increase. There will be 4 shells of 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. There will be 4 shells of 5 DC. 8 Shells all together.)

The hat will take on the shape of a square at this point. This is normal for the previous and next round.

Round 6: SL ST to 2rd DC, CH 1, * SC in 2nd DC, SH-5 DC in CH 1. SC in 2 DC. SH-5 DC in next SC, SC in 3rd DC, SH-5 DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (Second part of the increase. There will be 12 shells total, with 5 DC in each shell) 
in the next SC.

Round 7:  Work 1 shell in each single crochet around with a single crochet in the top of the shell on the previous round. (12 shells total)

Rounds 8-9 will be increase rounds. 

Round 8: work a slip stitch to the 3rd double crochet. work a single crochet, work 2 shells with 5 double crochet in each of the next 2 single crochet valleys, the 3rd shell will be an increase worked with 3DC, CH1, 3 DC. Repeat this four times.  (12 shells total, four shells will consist of 6 double crochet, which is the set up for the increase. 

Round 9: work a slip stitch to the 3rd double crochet. work a shell in each valley around, keep in mind the increase shells and where they are located, This is the shell with 3DC,CH1,3DC. Work the single crochet in the second double crochet, work 5 double crochet in the chain 1 space, work the single crochet in the second double crochet.  You will continue around. (16 shells total)


After this there are no more increase rounds. The hat will shape into a hat even though it may not look like it at this point.

Round 10-19: 
SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 16 times total from*, join in beg SC. ( You will have 16 shells with 5 DC in each shell for the remainder of the hat)









Right Hand Version


Left Hand Version


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