The Diamonds Hat was inspired by a front post extended double crochet and ZZ Twist.
What is a front post extended double crochet?
It’s much like a standard front post stitch, except there is an extra 2 steps. Just like any extended stitch, you make a chain with the first pull through (Yarn over, pull through 1 loop) and then proceed to make the stitch in the normal steps of yarn overs and pull through.
I learned the stitch while completing the Sparkle and Shine Tunic as part of A Year in Crochet 2019. It’s such a fun stitch that adds a little more length with out the bulk when compared to a standard front post double crochet. Another cool thing about this stitch is that you can use double crochet rather than half double crochet if the pattern uses more than just post stitches.
After perusing the aisles of my local Joann Fabrics Store, I picked up a skein of Lion Brand ZZ twist. It is the first main stream line specifically made for crocheters 🥳.
I was determined to come up with a one skein project because we always have one skein of some yarn and am unsure what to do with it.
The Diamonds Hat is a bit shorter in length that is great for still showing off your cute hairdo during the spring and summer months.
If you choose another worsted weight yarn, the hat will be longer in length. It’s an easy way to adjust the length.
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- Lion Brand Yarns ZZ Twist, light medium weight #4 yarn (100% Acrylic; 246 yds/ 225 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein): Peacock: 1 Skein
- Hook US J10 / 5.50 mm
- Notions: scissors, tape measure, yarn needle
- Rounds 1-4 = 4” diameter
- Child: fits up to 20” head x 6.5” height
- Adult Small: fits up to 22.5” x 7.25” height
- Adult Large: fits up to 24” x 8” height
- Ch: Chain, Sl St: Slip Stitch, Sc: single crochet, Dc: Double Crochet, CSDC: chainless starting double crochet, fpedc: front post extended double crochet, bpedc: back post extended double crochet, YO: yarn over, FO: Fasten Off, st(s): stitch(es)
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
- Fpedc: YO, insert hook from front to back to front around post of stitch below, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 1 loop (ch made), [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
- Bpedc: YO, insert hook from back to front to back around post of stitch below, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 1 loop (ch made), [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
- CSDC: pull up a loop to the height of standard dc, twist yarn around hook (YO made), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
- Pattern is written in US terms.
- CSDC can be replaced with ch 3.
- First dc after a CSDC will be placed in the same st at the CSDC during the increasing rounds.
- The CSDC will be placed in the previous row CSDC for the center rows of the diamonds to keep the stitches lined up.
- Each hat size is written separately.
- Hat can be lengthened by adding extra rows of dc or sc at the bottom of the hat.
- Check gauge if using another worsted weight yarn, as ZZ twist is a light worsted weight.
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This is a gorgeous cap! I love the texture and can hardly wait to make one for my adult daughter! Thank you for a stunning design!
Thank you! It’s so much fun to create the texture. I’m sure your daughter will love this hat!
Thank you for the Diamonds Hat during the Spring blog hop. I was able to get this and look forward to making it soon!
I’m so glad that you got to enjoy Spring time blog hop! I look forward to seeing your finished hat.
I really like this hat pattern. I am always looking for new ones and this is very pretty. I am new to your site and will be exploring all your other patterns. Thanks for your hard work!!
Glad to have you here, Cathy! I hope you enjoy the patterns. It’s a joy to create patterns for the crochet community!
I’ve long enjoyed crocheting post stitches to create texture, but haven’t tried the extended versions. This cap is just the right size of a project to try a new-to-me technique. Beautiful!
Thanks, Beth! Extended stitches are a great option to add a little more airiness to a project and maintain row height gauge, if your tension tightens.