Gold and Diamonds: Crochet Hat Pattern

Gold and Diamonds: Crochet Hat Pattern is an expert level crochet hat. It is another cloche style hat. 

And... it is finally here. Two weeks of hard work with no previous skills to go by, I have created my very own, graphical Crochet pattern! *Yay... applause*

It isn't perfect. There are a lot of things that I need to get polished down there but I think it is workable. I am sure a crochet addict can understand fairly easily. This pattern is not for beginners because you will need quite some crochet skills here. (It is better if you have loads of patience and problem solving skills too.)

This pattern is an adaptation. I made a similar cap last year from here. That pattern is for a cap and trying to make it into a hat doesn't work and it was too short as a cap itself. I needed the cap to start to spread out so that it would turn into a hat. I extended it and created this. I highly recommend that you visit the original pattern even though it is in russian. She gives a very detailed description of how to make front and back post stitches.

If you are a crocheter, please do take a moment to read through the pattern and point out if there are any mistakes or if anything is confusing. I have literally worked with a baby in one arm and the other maneuvering the mouse!
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Materials:

Crochet cotton - 2 balls approx. 100gms Crochet needle- 3.14mm Ribbon lace - for the flower Button-1 Fishing line- 0.5mm
Crochet Symbols

Pattern:

Please note: The diamonds are all made up of fpdc. That is, the outline is created using fpdc. Each diamond further divides into four segments and each of the segments are filled with dc stitches. The space between the diamonds is filled with bpdc. The fpdc alternating with the bpdc gives the hat a knitted  and purled look.
  • 1. Chain 4, join to 1st ch to make a ring. Ch 1, dc 8times into the ring. Join to first dc.
  • 2. Ch1 and crochet, 1fpdc and 1dc on each dc of last row. Continue around joining to top of first fpdc at beginning of row.
  • 3. Ch 1 and crochet 1fpdc on fpdc of last row and 2 bpdc on dc of last row. Continue around join last bpdc to top of the 1st fpdc at starting of row.
  • 4. Ch1 and crochet, 1fpdc on fpdc of last row and (2bpdc on first bpdc)(bpdc on remaining bpdc). Continue around.
5-9. Follow into the pattern (Figure 1) by adding one more bpdc to each row till you have 7bpdc between the fpdc in each segment at the last row.
That is one triangle before it gets shaped into a diamond. Follow around and join up before coming to next row.

Shaping the diamonds:

This how to shape the diamonds. Please tally with the written instructions to understand better.
  • 10. Start decreasing the triangles now and introduce the diamonds. Ch1. (2fpdctog, 5bpdc) all around and join to first fpdc. Remember that you will not be crocheting on one bpdc before and after the fpdc of previous row. This is to decrease the triangles.
  • 11. Ch1, (fpdc on first fpdc of previous row, 1dc on the same fpdc of previous row, fpdc on second fpdc of previous row, 5bpdc) all around. Join to top of first fpdc.
  • 12. Ch1, (fpdc on fpdc of previous row, 2 dc on dc of last row, fpdc on fpdc of last row, 4bpdc) all around and join.
  • 13. Ch1, (fpdc on fpdc of previous row, 2dc on first dc of last row, 1dc on the second dc of last row, fpdc on fpdc of last row, 3 bpdc) all around and join.
  • 14. Ch1, (2fpdc in fpdc of previous row, do not crochet in first dc of previous row, dc in next two dc of previous row, 2bpdc) continue around.
  • 15. Ch1, (fpdc in first fpdc of previous row, 1dc between the two fpdc of previous row, fpdc in second fpdc of previous row, 1dc between the two dc of previous row, fpdc in fpdc of previous row, 1dc between the two fpdc of previous row, fpdc in second fpdc, 1 bpdc) continue around.
  • 16. Ch1, (fpdc in fpdc of previous row, 2dc in dc of previous row, fpdc in fpdc, ignore the dc of last row and proceed to make fpdc in the next fpdc, 2dc in dc of last row, fpdc in fpdc of previous row) continue around.
  • 17. Please note: In this row you will be crossing over the fpdcs. This is done by doing the second fpdc before the first fpdc of previous row. Ch1, 2dc in first dc of last row, dc in last dc of previous row, (fpdc on second fpdc of last row, fpdc in first fpdc of last row (you are creating a crossover here), 3dc in the 2dc of last row) continue around and join to top of first dc at beginning of row.
  • 18. Ch1, (two dc in the 3dc of previous row, 2fpdc in the fpdc cross over of previous row) continue around and join to top of first dc at beginning of row.
  • 19. Ch1, (1dc between the two dc of previous row, fpdc in first fpdc of previous row, 1dc in between the two fpdc of previous row, fpdc in second fpdc, 1dc, fpdc in fpdc of previous row, 1bpdc, fpdc in fpdc of previous row) continue around and join to top of first dc made.
  • 20. Ch1, (Join 2fpdc together using the last fpdc made in previous row and the first one, ignoring the dc in between them, 2dc in dc of previous row, 2fpdctog in the two fpdc of previous row, 2bpdc in bpdc) continue around.
  • 21. Ch1, 1fpdc in the 2fpdctog of last row, 3dc in the two dc of previous row, 1fpdc, 3bpdc in 2bpdc of previous row) continue around.
  • 22. Ch1, fpdc in fpdc of previous row, 2dc in the 3dc of previous row, fpdc in fpdc, 4bpdc in 3bpdc of previous row) continue around.
  • 23. ch1, fpdc in fpdc of previous row, 1dc, fpdc in fpdc of previous row, 5bpdc) continue around.
  • 24. Ch1, 2fpdctog, 5bpdc, Continue around.
Depending on how big or small you want the hat to be, you will have to increase or decrease the rows towards the end. That means, it is possible that your diamonds will remain incomplete if it is for a baby. Mine have been cut short. You can continue into the pattern referring to Figure 2 as that piece of pattern gets repeated to increase the hat. Also note that the size of the thread decides how much you will have to repeat. I used bamboo yarn in this pattern. Last year, I had used crochet cotton. You can use chunky too.
This is what the pattern looks like. Depending on the size you may have more or less rows. That means, your diamonds may remain in complete too!

I have made every single stitch on that graph and arranged it all by hand on Paint. In fact, I don't think I have every worked so hard on anything. If you make this pattern come back and leave a comment. You have no idea how much happy you will make me! I'd love know that somebody actually enjoyed my pattern. If you decide to post pictures, please link back to original pattern here and do not copy paste the pattern elsewhere. Thank you.

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