Free pattern: Under the Bridge Hat

Under the Bridge Hat, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterIn my first year of blogging, I participated in something called the Year of Projects. (If you’re interested, it’s now in it’s fifth year on Ravelry and you can join the group here.) It was a great way to meet other bloggers, and by reading the weekly posts of all the other participants, I was introduced to Sandy from the Bridge and Beyond Project.

Under the Bridge Hat, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterSandy is a tireless volunteer who maintains the blog of this grass-roots, volunteer-led effort to provide support to homeless adults, families living in shelters, and others in need in Central Ohio.

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

I designed this hat to meet the Bridge and Beyond Project’s specifications for donations, but it’s a great unisex project that works up quickly in super bulky yarn.

Under the Bridge Hat, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterFor those of you who like “the knit look,” the stitches are worked into the back (third) loop of each half double crochet to mimic stockinette stitch. (If you like the look and prefer medium weight yarn, check out my pattern for the Simple Spiral Beanie, which is available in 8 sizes.)

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Under the Bridge Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 506-superbulkyCrocheting in the round in the half double crochet stitch’s third loop creates a look to mimic to the stockinette stitch in knitting.

Finished Sizes

  • Newborn (Infant, Toddler, Child, Adult small, Adult large).
    • Newborn: 12.5” (32 cm) circumference, 5” (13 cm) length.
    • Infant: 15” (38 cm) circumference, 6.5” (16.5 cm) length.
    • Toddler: 16.5” (42 cm) circumference, 7” (18 cm) length.
    • Child: 18.75” (47.5 cm) circumference, 8” (20.5 cm) length.
    • Adult small: 21.25” (54 cm) circumference, 8.5” (21.5 cm) length.
    • Adult large: 23.5” (59.5 cm) circumference, 9” (23 cm) length.


  • Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick (5 oz/142 g/125 yds/114 m/100% acrylic) – 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins in 126 Sequoia, or approximately 125 yds/114 m (125 yds/114 m, 125 yds/114 m, 125 yds/114 m, 250 yds/228 m, 250 yds/228 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • US Size L-11 (8 mm) crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Locking stitch marker or scrap yarn.

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  • Rnds 1-5 in pattern = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisks as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Hat is worked in rounds in continuous spirals without joining. Move stitch marker up each round to mark last st.
  • Work stitches into back (third) loop of half double crochet stitches when indicated.


Pattern Instructions


  • Beginning at crown, start with magic adjustable ring. (Oombawka Design has a great magic ring tutorial here).
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker in last st. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 hdcBL in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts) NEWBORN SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 6: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 4 sts; rep from * around. (36 sts) INFANT SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 7: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 5 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts) TODDLER SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 8: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 6 sts; rep from * around. (48 sts) CHILD SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 9: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 7 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts) ADULT SMALL SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
  • Rnd 10: *2 hdcBL in next st, hdcBL in next 8 sts; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 11: HdcBL in ea st around.
  • Rep Rnd 11 until hat measures approximately 5”/13 cm (6.5”/16.5 cm, 7”/18 cm, 8”/20.5 cm, 8.5”/21.5 cm, 9”/23 cm) length from crown.
Under the Bridge Hat, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground Crafter
To measure length from crown, position your ruler at the top of the hat near your first stitches and measure in a straight line to your current row.
  • Rnd 12: Sc in ea st around, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.


  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2015, 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Par Avion

Earlier this week, I came home to this.

Air mail from Canada

I hadn’t recently ordered anything from Canada, so I was puzzled.  However, upon turning it over, I discovered the customs form.

customs form

(In case you’re wondering, there’s almost nothing cooler than seeing the phrase “handknit socks” on a customs form when the temperatures are about 20 degrees below freezing.)

One of my favorite bloggers to follow is Lynn from Minding My Own Stitches.  I was first introduced to her blog when we were both regular participants in the original Year of Projects in 2011-2012.  We were two of the only bloggers who actually worked through a book rather than a series of patterns, though our approaches were quite different.  Also, we’re both members of Surmount the Stash, a group for those in dire need of stashbusting support.

Lynn is an avid sock knitter.  As you may recall, I’m not an avid sock knitter.  I do frequently fantasize about wearing hand knit socks, because they are so darned awesome.  (And I know this from experience, because I have also been the grateful recipient of a fabulous pair of hand knit socks from Underbaragarn on Ravelry, which you can see here.)

Once upon a time, after I lavished praise on one of her recently completed socks, Lynn mentioned she would knit me a pair.  Naturally, I jumped at the chance and instantly emailed her my address. (Or, as MC said when I tried to explain the situation: “So, basically you drove this woman crazy until she would send you a pair of socks to get you to leave her alone???”)  As soon as I saw the customs form, I knew the magic day had arrived.

Vorticity socks

Inside was a gorgeous pair of Vorticity Socks that Lynn knit in Twisted Top Cat by Wandering Cat Yarns, a stunning hand painted yarn by a dyer in her area.  Apparently, making these socks was quite an adventure (you can read about it on her blog here, here, here, and here), so I’m extra thrilled to be the recipient.

As if an amazing pair of socks in beautiful yarn wasn’t enough, Lynn also sent me some other goodies: some very pretty soaps, a foot lotion (so I don’t destroy those socks!), and some wool wash.

Swap goodies

And here is my picture with the socks on ( they fit fabulously, by the way).  I have renewed appreciation for the sock knitting bloggers of the world – feet are strangely hard to photograph!

Marie wearing Vorticity

Thank you, Lynn!

In other Year of Projects news, I’m still trying to come up with something awesome to make during the Ravellenic Games.  I didn’t want the stress of captaining a team, but I think I will offer up some prizes and a crochet/knit-a-long thread in my Ravelry group for anyone using one of my patterns during the games.

As for myself, it seems that whenever I have a ton of work, I develop a bad case of startitis.  Since I’ve recently had several big deadlines at work, I’ve starting thinking of launching an enormous undertaking by designing a whole lot of patterns for another year long knit-a-long for 2015.  I’m thinking that I should challenge myself to design and make samples for 7 designs during the Games.  I can’t tell if that’s a lot, or too little.  (Designing and making a sample for a small project in 2.5 days seems like a lot to me, but is it “a lot” in Olympic proportions?  Probably not.)

At the same time, I feel that I should be crocheting during the Games.  It’s pretty distressing to hear there won’t be a Team Crochet this year, and I want to do my part to support crochet.  And, of course, I can crochet much faster than I can knit.  So another idea would be to start/finish a bunch of crochet projects, like blankets, that would usually take a long time to complete.  Of course, big projects call for big amounts of yarn, which might lead me out into buying more.

Basically, as you can tell, I haven’t yet decided what to do during the Games.  Hopefully, by next Sunday, I’ll have a clearer idea!

Are you joining in the Ravellenic Games?

For more Year of Projects posts, visit this thread on Ravelry.

2013 in Review

YOP3 dates

Last week, I finished my last Year of Projects post of 2013 with a cliffhanger: how many more projects could I complete in 2013?

I ended up finishing just one more project, a baby blanket for my cousin’s newborn.  (My cousin was in labor when I wrote the post, and has since delivered a healthy baby girl.  Yay!)

Ava car seat blanket detail

I originally had a plan for a symmetrical blanket.

Ava blanket planEach square was made holding two skeins of yarn, with the colors blending into each other.  I planned to have an “x shape” of hearts radiating outward from the center.

Unfortunately, my yarn calculations were a bit off, so I had to move on to Plan B – an asymmetric design with an “L shape” around one edge – to work with the colors I had left.

Ava car seat blanket

I like how it turned out.  I should mention that the yarn that looks brown in the picture is actually purple, and the colors look much brighter and more attractive in real life!

And with that project, I came to the end of my yarn usage for 2013.

Overall, I worked up about 1,700 yards less than in 2012 (which is no surprise, since I made many fewer projects in 2013), but I knit a lot more (about 19% of my total yarn usage, compared to about 4% in 2012).  That trend will probably continue this year, since I’m planning to make up a few extra samples of my 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-Long blanket.

My plans for the next half of the Year of Projects are to:

  • Finish my 2013 temperature scarf.  I love this thing so far, and I can’t wait to wear it during the impending cold front.  I crocheted through September 6, so I have 116 more rows to go.  I’m not sure if I’ll join it as an infinity scarf, or add buttons so I have the option to wear it as a scarf or cowl.  As you can tell from the photo below, it clearly needs blocking and a massive weaving in of ends before it can be worn.

Temperature scarf thru 2013-09-06

  • Take pictures and finish formatting the five patterns I have that are ready to self-publish.  (What can I say, it’s tough to find models willing to stand outdoors in the New York cold in exchange for baked goods!)
  • Keep working on the projects for the e-book I plan to release in March.  I have one in progress to finish, and 2 more to make.
  • Come up with something exciting to do for the Ravellenic Games.  I would like to come up with some kind of mystery crochet-a-long, but I’m not sure if I have time.

I’m keeping my goals a bit fluid because mainly I want to keep working on using my stash and getting more patterns ready for publication.  My original goals were all about developing patterns and self-publishing, and I plan to keep on moving in the same direction.

What are your plans for the first half of 2014?

For more Year of Projects posts, visit this thread on Ravelry.