It snowed over the weekend here in King County, Washington. I was unprepared and very cold on my weekend birding jaunt. So I sat down with my crochet hook and made a helmet. Now I intend to make a few more.
I decided to use my granny square pattern to make it pretty and double crochet to make it fast. I used contrasting three ply acrylic yarns and a size J hook. This also sped up to project. Here’s how to do it.
First, make seven small granny squares. With your primary color chain 3 and join with a slip stitch. Then chain 3, double crochet twice, *chain 1 and make 3 double crochets 3 times around the circle, joining with a slip stitch. Cut the thread and weave in the tail. Create a second round by attaching a new color in any corner and chaining 3, double crocheting twice, chaining and double crocheting three times in the same stitch. Double crochet once in each of the next two stitches, make three double crochets, chain one and make three more double crochets in corner stitch three times around and bind off. Weave in the tail.
Sew the granny squares together to create a band. I didn’t create this part of the pattern. I found it as a part of a brimmed hat pattern and adapted it to this helmet design. Attach your first color to any stitch and double crochet around.
You should have 80 stitches. Slip stitch to first double crochet. In your next row *make 9 double crochet stitches, double crochet two stitches together, repeat from the * around the hat. There should be 72 stitches. For the second row from the band *double crochet in the next 4 stitches and then double crochet 2 stitches together, repeat from the * around. In the third row from the bank double crochet 2 stitches and then double crochet 2 stitches together all around. You’ll have about 24 stitches around. Decrease double crochet all around so you close with 12 stitches for the top of the hat. Weave in the tail.
Next, attach your yarn to any stitch beginning at the bottom of a granny square and double crochet around for 5 squares. Turn, chain 2, double crochet back around. This will leave space for the eyes and nose. On the third row from the band chain 2, double crochet to end and then chain 22. Turn, then double crochet back to beginning. Continue to double crochet back and forth for 5 rows. My sample shows 4 rows, but it seems too short after a day of wearing it. Bind off, weave in the tail. Attach 2nd color and single crochet across the bottom of the flap.
Sew a button at each ear. You can attach the flap by the button. With the double crochet it should be easy to close but you can also attach Velcro inside the flap as I did.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. I plan to make a few of these in different colors, then to start on fingerless gloves to match.