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The La Maille Hat is a matching accessory to the La Maille (the ladder) sweater! Both items have a distressed look to them created by a combination of stitches and chain spaces. The La Maille Hat now comes in three sizes: toddler, child, and adult!
I used Knit Picks Brava Sport for this project. I love the definition it gives to the stitches and it’s very nice to work with! However, feel free to use any sport weight (#2) yarn you’d like for this project.
140-176 yards sport (#2) weight yarn
H (5.0mm) crochet hook
15 herr-dc x 11 rows = 4”
Toddler – 18-19” head circumference
Starting chain does not count as first st unless stated otherwise within the pattern.
Hat size will be slightly smaller than head circumference, but the hat is very stretchy and should be fitted around the head.
Pattern is worked from the bottom up.
Pattern is worked in toddler size with child and adult sizes in parentheses. Final stitch count for all sizes will be in parentheses at the end of each round.
Stitches Needed & Abbreviations
fsc- chainless foundation single crochet
sc- single crochet
blo- back loop only
herr-dc- herringbone double crochet
herr-dc2tog- herringbone double crochet 2 together
herr-dc- yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and one loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through both loops.
herr-dc2tog- yarn over, insert hook into st, yarn over, pull through st and 1st loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through st and 1st loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.
Round 1: FSC 68 (72, 78), join to 1st st. (68, 72, 78 sts)
Rounds 2-3: Ch 1, 1 sc in blo of each st around, join to 1st st. (68, 72, 78 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st 16 (18, 18), ch 6, skip 6 sts, 1 herr-dc in next 24 (24, 30) sts, ch 6, skip 6 sts, 1 herr-dc in last (16, 18, 18) sts, join to 1st st. (56, 60, 66 sts)
Repeat round 4 until entire hat measures 8” (8.5”, 9”) long.
Round 5: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st 16 (18, 18) sts, 3 herr-dc around ch-6 space, 1 herr-dc in next 24 (24, 30) sts, 3 herr-dc around ch-6 space, 1 herr-dc in last 16 (16, 18) sts, join to 1st st. (62, 66, 72 sts)
Round 6 (Toddler and Child): Ch 2, 1 herr-dc2tog, 1 herr-dc in next 58 (62) sts, 1 herr-dc2tog, join to 1st st. (60, 64)
Round 6 (Adult): Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in each st around, join to 1st st. (72)
Round 7: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st 2 sts, herr-dc2tog, *1 herr-dc in 1st 2 sts, herr-dc2tog*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (45, 48, 54)
Round 8: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st st, herr-dc2tog, *1 herr-dc in 1st st, herr-dc2tog*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (30, 32, 36)
Round 9: Ch 2, *herr-dc2tog*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (15, 16, 18)
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing top closed.
Using tapestry needle, weave the long tail in and out of the open stitches at the top of hat and pull tight. Weave in all ends.
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Michelle has been crocheting for over 8 years and has been designing crochet patterns for 6 of those years. She specializes in modern garments and accessories for your handmade wardrobe. Michelle has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, thehooknooklife.com, wecrochet.com, ourmakerlife.com, and several other websites. She is committed to providing the highest quality crochet information and patterns that instill a true feeling of pride, enjoyment, and accomplishment when completing a project.