We got our first official dusting of snow the other and there is a real wintery chill in the air, so if course I find myself reaching for cozy sweaters, chunky scarves and curling up with a book, some tea, and a warm blanket.

Naturally that means more frequent trips to the yarn shops, and lots of new projects!

 

On my most recent unnecessary absolutely essential yarn supply trip with my friend, we were drawn to the Caron Chunky Cupcakes and their pretty, fluffy pom poms, which are a huge upgrade from the tiny plain looking ones on the regular cupcakes. She picked one out in these gorgeous bright colours and asked me to make her a new toque. The bright colours reminded me of flower petals and since she always takes great photos of summer flowers in her travels, this yarn needed a pretty pattern to match!

I quite liked working with this yarn, even though its a bit stiff compared to the Caron Cakes, it is still nicer to use than Bernat Pop, and looks like it will wear nicer as well. I created this pattern with my dear friend in mind, and not only does it perfectly show off the gorgeous colours, it is quite roomy and stretchy.

The Sapna Hat

You will need:
5.5mm hook if you are a tight crocheter, go up a hook size
1 ball Caron Chunky Cupcakes *or approx 3.5 oz, or 125 m of #5 weight (Bulky) yarn*
Special Stitches
BEGCL (beginning cluster) chain 2, yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull through, yarn over and pull through first two loops, leaving two on the hook. Repeat 2 more times (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops. Close with a chain stitch
CL (cluster)- yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull through, yarn over and pull through first two loops, leaving two on hook. Repeat three more times (5 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all loops. Close with a chain stitch.
To start: Ch 4. Slip Stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: Chain 3, (DC, CH1) 8 times, slip stitch in top of beginning chain (9 dc, 9 ch1 spaces)
Round 2: BEGCL in first ch1 space, CH2. *CL in next ch1 space, CH2*. Repeat *…* 7 more times. Join round with slip stitch in top of BEGCL. (9 clusters, 9 chain spaces)
Round 3: BEGCL, CH2, CL in first chain space. *(CL, CH2, CL) in next chain space, CH2.* repeat *…* 7 more times. Join round with slip stitch in top of BEGCL. (18 clusters, 18 chain spaces)
Round 4-9: BEGCL in first chain space. CH2. *CL in next chain space, CH2* Repeat *…* 16 more times. (18 clusters, 18 chain spaces)
From here on out, work in rounds to avoid a visible seam on the brim.

Round 10: *2HDC in chain space, FPHDC around next cluster* Repeat *…* around

Round 11-13: *BPHDC in next st, FPDC in next 2 st* Repeat around.

To finish: SC in the stitch after the fphdc, slip stitch in next stitch.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew PomPom to top of hat
All done!! Wasn’t that easy?!
If you try this pattern, I would love to see your finished hats in the comments or on Ravelry!

Happy Crafting!

Mellissa