The Animator's Hat

On this drizzly, overcast winter afternoon, the fog is thick and too heavy to allow for any bird watching. In the cool, grey light of the window, as I decided to become acquainted with The Dog’s old tennis ball instead, The Animator sits in his new crocheted hat, trying a peach-flavored tobacco in his new hookah, reading The Dune Encyclopedia, while The Animator’s Wife runs up and down the stairs with seven loads of laundry.
Selena & Tennis Ball
Apparently the deal when they got married was that she would do the laundry if he took out the trash. Somehow, I think The Animator got the better end of the bargain.
Animator & Hookah
Ah, well. While The Animator’s Wife is busy with the laundry, perhaps I will share with you her pattern for The Animator’s Hat, which she made to match his Transformers scarf. It’s a typical top-down affair worked in the round, except that she joins and turns between rounds. This allows for seamless color changes when a striped pattern is desired.
Animator's Hat
Finished Size:
Fits average man’s head (22” circumference)

Skill Level:
Easy.

Materials:
MC: 1 skein Cascade 220
CC: 1 skein Cascade 220
Size J-10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook

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Gauge:
7 rnds = 4" across.

With MC, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 8 hdc in second ch from hook. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 8 hdc.

Rnd 2. Ch 2; turn. 2 hdc in flo of ea hdc around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 16 hdc.

Rnd 3. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *1 hdc in flo of next hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 24 hdc.

Rnd 4. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 2 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 32 hdc.

Rnd 5. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 3 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 40 hdc.

Rnd 6. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 4 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 4 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 48 hdc..

Rnd 7. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 5 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 5 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 56 hdc..

Rnd 8. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 6 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 6 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 64 hdc.

Rnd 9. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 7 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 7 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 72 hdc.

Rnd 10. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of first 8 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc, *hdc in flo of next 8 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd. 80 hdc..

Rnd 11. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of ea hdc around. Join with sl st to first hdc in rnd.

Rnds 12-18. Rep rnd 11.

Change to CC.

Rnds 19-21. Rep rnd 11.

Change to MC.

Rnds 22-24. Rep rnd 11.

Change to CC.

Rnd 25. Rep rnd 11. Finish off. Weave in all ends.

Abbreviations:
CC contrasting color
ch chain
ea each
flo front loops only
hdc half-double crochet
MC main color
mm millimeter
rep repeat
rnd round
rnds rounds
sl st slip stitch
yd yard

Care Instructions
Hand-wash lukewarm water. Gently squeeze; air dry flat.
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