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"Dessa" is a play on my middle name, Odessa. This is my first pattern, and I am honored to offer it for free, to allow people to try my approach to crochet and knitting. The hat consists of a very simple single crochet design in the round. The hat is slouchy, meaning that the increases will go up until a circumference of at least 11 inches is achieved. Then the hat is decreased, and stitches are picked up with circular knitting needles. I am not a big fan of crochet ribbing, as I find it too thick. Knitting the edge is a great way to either, 1. Learn to Knit or 2. Get better at knitting for those who primarily crochet, like me. I used to be intimidated by knitting for a long time, but no more! You don't have to be either with this pattern. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Single Crochet Magic Loop (crochet) Working in round(spiral) Invisible decreases Picking up stitches Knit Ribbing Purl Knit GAUGE Is not important for this project SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 11 inches at widest point (after blocking) SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Worsted COLORWAY Goldenrod

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1 size K (10.5) crochet hook
  • Size 8 16 inch circular knitting needle
  • 1 Stitch Marker

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CCM Designs
CCM Designs
I am a designer, fiber artist and blogger from Baltimore, MD. I have three beautiful children and I love writing, cooking, surfing the net, and playing in fiber. The journey I have been on for the last two years has been a profound experience. I have usually just crocheted hats, scarves and blankets. I usually always use the patterns of others, sometimes modifying the patterns to suit my tastes. When I gave birth to my youngest child in 2010, I decided soon after that I wanted to knit. I think at that point, the fiber world had me at "Hello". As someone who (used to) exclusively crochet with acrylic (ack!) yarn, I found a great deal of frustration with yarn sometimes. But out of pure curiosity, I have discovered the world of fiber, and thus spinning, dyeing and other fiber goodness have opened up to me. I have fallen deep in love. With yarn. So now I'm hooked! And with a new lease on life, I'm taking life by the horns and giving it a good shake. In my shaking, I find that I like to design and find it a fulfilling and challenging endeavor. As if having three children and a full time job doesn't present is own set of challenges. :/ But I hope my designs invoke discussion about the possibilities of fiber art beyond the traditional. I look to break molds, tear down barriers and "think outside the hook".