Have you ever fallen in love with a yarn? I mean complete swooning over? You finally break down and buy said yarn only to have it sit in your yarn stash forever! Whatever you try and make just isn’t good enough for the yarn. I keep telling myself “just commit to a project already!”

 

free crochet pattern chunky hat

This is exactly what happened with this yarn, Crazy Sexy Wool from Wool and the Gang. I tried to make this ribbed beanie (free crochet pattern here) but it was too bulky. I made up a “new stitch” to try with a hat, but it was way too tight. ( maybe there’s a reason no one has used that stitch!) Then I had a vision of a super scarf. I didn’t have enough yarn to make it “super”. Back to the drawing board.

The next, and final, idea I had was the crossed half double crochet stitch. This stitch almost has a knit look, my favorite. It’s also really simple. Here are all the details.

Materials

faux knit crochet stitches

  • The “Criss Cross” pattern is created by skipping the next st where the red arrow is pointing
  • hdc in next st where the blue arrow is pointing.
  • Then hdc back into skipped st where the red arrow is pointing.
    half double crochet stitchAnother look at the criss-cross pattern
  • You have skipped a st, hdc in next st, then hdc in skipped st where the arrow is pointing.
Pattern Notes
  • pattern is worked from top to bottom
  • sl st to join into the top of the 1st stitch & not your chain.
  • your chain at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch
  • check your stitch count! Missing a stitch here or there is common with the criss-cross pattern.
  • US terminology used. If you need help with the abbreviations I have a cheat sheet here.

Adult

make magic circle,

round 1: work 8 sc in magic circle, sl st to join to 1st sc. (8sts)

round 2:  ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join (16sts)

round 3: ch 1, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next next, repeat from * around, join with sl st (24sts)

round 4: ch 1, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * around. sl st to join (32sts)

round 5-7: ch 1, *skip the next hdc, hdc in the next hdc, then hdc in the skipped hdc, repeat from *  around. sl st to join (32 sts)

round 8: ch 1, sc in each st around. sl st to join. (32sts)

round 9-10: ch 1, *1 FPHDC, 1 BPHDC, repeat from * around, sl st to join. (32sts)

Cut yarn & weave in ends with tapestry needle.

Now it’s time to use that yarn you’ve been swooning over. I won’t let it sit in your yarn stash any longer! I hope you don’t have to frog as many times as I did to find the “perfect project”

free crochet pattern hat

Stay Cozy,

Sierra
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