Affectionately nicknamed the “I heart grannies” hat.

This hat doesn’t have to be made with granny squares, but they’re one of the simpler squares out there. I’ve provided instructions for them, but feel free to substitute with any square and triangle pattern you wish. Pay specific attention to anything **bold and underlined**.

**Finished Diameter:** Approximately 20 inches

Now this isn’t so much a pattern, as a recipe. I give you the basic direction, and you fill in where needed. You could even knit the squares and triangles if you so desire.

**First thing you need is a square pattern.** Below is directions for a basic granny square, but feel free to substitute with any square. Instructions are written the best I can for beginners, so please feel free to skip this section if you already know how to make a granny square.

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Basic Granny Square

Ch 4 and join to first ch with a slst to make a ring.

-Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3. (3 dc in ring, ch 3) 3 times, join to top of the beginning ch 3. (4 dc groups and 4 ch 3 spaces)

-Slst in each dc to and into next ch3 space. Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same space, ch 3, 3 dc in same space, ch 1. *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 3 space. Repeat from * in each remaining ch 3 space. Join to top of original ch 3. (8 dc groups, 4 ch 3 spaces, 4 ch 1 spaces)

-You should see a pattern emerging, so this part is written a little differently. Again, slst to and into the next ch3 space. Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same space, ch 3, 3 dc in same space, ch 1.

Next is a chain 1 space. Into this space, put 3 dc and then ch 1.

Now we have a chain 3 space. In this space, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1).

Continue working around like this, following the instructions for ch1 and ch3 spaces as you come the them. Then join to the top of the starting ch3.

-To keep making the square bigger, simply keep working like the previous round, putting (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch1 space you come to, and putting (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in each ch3 space you come to.

I apologize if this has only served to confuse you, as this is simply the way I see granny squares. Here’s a couple of links that might work better for you:

http://pumamouse.com/crochetbasicgrannys.html

http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/granny_squares/f101001basicgranny.shtml

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**Next you need to know the size of your finished square**. I would suggest sticking to 4 or 5 inch squares, but go ahead and use larger or smaller as you wish.

**Divide 20 by the size of your chosen square. This is how many squares you need to make for the diameter.** This is why I suggest 4 or 5 inch squares. But as long as it comes out even (or real close to even because most crochet stretches pretty good) you ought to be fine.

**Now you need a triangle pattern.** I used a basic granny triangle pattern, which is a just a granny square with one less side. If you want to use my instructions for a granny square, simply replace the first round of *-Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3. (3 dc in ring, ch 3) 3 times, join to top of the beginning ch 3. (4 dc groups and 4 ch 3 spaces)* with this:

-Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3. (3 dc in ring, ch 3) 2 times, join to top of the beginning ch 3. (3 dc groups and 3 ch 3 spaces)

This type of triangle tends to turn into a shallow cup but it’s ok.

**Measure the length of one side of your triangle and then divide 20 by that amount. That is how many you need.** You probably don’t want to go much smaller than 4 inch sides. Smaller than that and your hat will have too small of a crown. If you are using 4 or 5 inch squares, it’s best to use that same size for your triangles to make it easy.

**Sew all the squares into a strip.** If you want your hat body to be longer than just that strip, feel free to add more rows of squares to the bottom.

**Lay the strip horizontally and sew the triangles to the top.** If you used triangles the same size as your squares, it’s as simple as sewing one triangle to the top of each square. If they are different sizes, just start at one end and work across.

**Sew the ends of the strip to each other to make a loop.** Don’t sew the triangles just yet though. This is a good point to try on the hat and see if it fits.

**Sew the seams between each triangle.** This forms the crown of the hat. Don’t forget to sew up the hole that forms between the top points.

**Weave in ends and enjoy!**

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Here is an example showing the specs of my hat

Please excuse the paint diagrams, I didn’t take pictures.

I used red heart super saver and an H hook. Using the granny’s described above, I did four rounds and they turned out to be about 5 inches.

Which means I needed a grand total of 4 of each. Here’s them sewn into a strip with the triangles sewn on top.

Then it was sewn into a ring:

And then the crown was sewn up:

If the written instructions confuse you, I hope these badly drawn diagrams help.

**Do note that this ought to work just as good with knitted squares and triangles as it would with crocheted ones.**