The Gatlinburg Hat pattern was originally designed during the devastating wildfires taking place in the smoky mountains. A portion of the pattern sales were donated to the relief efforts. The crochet community came together in such an amazing way!
The hat is made with fair isle crochet techniques. It is very much like tapestry crochet. You float your yarn along the back instead of working around it in your stitches. This technique is a great way to create different pictures within your crochet! This pattern is a great beginner pattern for those who have never done fair isle or tapestry crochet. The pattern includes written instructions, links to video tutorials, picture tutorials and a graph! You only need to know the basic single crochet stitch and how to work in the back loop only. The rest is taught to you within the pattern!
All you need is some worsted weight (#4) yarn, in two of your favorite colors to create this hat! I personally love Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn. It is a soft and sturdy yarn that is great for making hats!
If you want to practice your fair isle crochet technique before purchase a pattern, you can try the Halifax Hat crochet pattern, which is free!