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This pattern was originally inspired by the Navy Dress Cap, however, you could easily change the colors and customize it for a police department!
For the FREE pattern for the Police Badge click HERE
This Military Inspired Hat is completely FREE, but…..
if you are feeling generous and would like to make a donation, just below is a link where you can make a donation to the Peyton Dempsey Fund. I know their family would appreciate any and all donations!
Peyton is a brave little girl was born with a rare disease called MMIH. There is no cure and most children don’t make it to their first birthday. Peyton is now 3.
Their is a bit of a story that goes with this hat so hang with me while I tell it. It all started with a simple knee surgery just to see what was going on, nothing big; should be doing jumping jacks in a day or two. Well, instead I ended up in a straight leg brace for 6 weeks. Along with that I had to be strapped into a machine that bent my leg in and out …….for 6 hours a day!!!
Well this lead to a lot of free time to peruse online looking for a new crochet project. Well, I came across this most beautifully done military style hat and contacted the seller asking her if she would consider selling me the pattern; as I had a Cousin in the Navy and they were expecting a little girl in a few months and just had to make that hat for them!!! She informed me that the pattern was not for sale.
Well after a bit of pouting I grabbed my yarn and hook and decided that I would see what happened. During the process of making the hat I tried several different brands of yarn, first was Caron Simply Soft. This did not work as it is such a soft yarn that it did not hold the shape well at all; also with the repeated ripping out the yarn got really fuzzy really fast. Finally, I settled with Loop and Tread Yarn. This thread was soft and yet still durable enough that it endured the reworking of the pattern and still looked nice in the end.
Then there was the countless hours of crocheting and frogging trying to get it right. Among the numerous issue was trying to keep the top from looking like a octagon, trying to keep the brim centered and looking decent. Finally, I think I have finished working and reworking this pattern. For now.
So on with the pattern!!!
8 rows – 3 inches
Underside of Hat:
3 – 6 months:
- CH1, RBPSC (use post of marked stitch and next) place marker in this stitch, *BPSC in next 9, RBPSC using next 2 stitches* repeat from *to* once more, BPHDC in next 9, *RBPHDC using next 2 stitches, BPHDC in next 9* repeat from *to* once more, *BPRSC using the next 2 stitches, BPSC in next 9* repeat from *to* once more, BPSC in last stitch (which is the first SS of row 2 in ‘Top of Hat’, join with SS to first BPRSC (71)
- CH1, RSC using marked stitch and next, SC in next 8, RSC, SC in next 9 stitches, HDC in next 30, SC in next 9 stitches, RSC using next 2 stitches, SC in next 9, join with SS to first RSC (68)
- CH1, RSC using marked stitch and next, SC in next 7, RSC, SC in next 10 stitches, HDC in next 27, SC in next 10 stitches, RSC using next 2 stitches, SC in next 8 (65)
- CH1, RSC using marked and next stitch, SC in next 6, RSC, SC in next 11 stitches, HDC in next 24, SC in next 11, RSC using next 2 stitches, SC in next 7 (62) ( should be 19 inches finished 12-24 months)
- CH1, SC in marked stitch and next 21, HDC in next 21, SC in next 20, SS in into marked stitch. (62)
- SS in each stitch around. Finish Off. BE CAREFUL THAT YOU KEEP YOUR YARN TENSION LOOSE!!!!
- Skip next 26 stitches starting where joining was. FPHDC in next, *2FPHDC in next stitch, FPHDC* repeat from *to* 2 more times, FPHDC in next 2 stitches, *2FPDC, FPDC* repeat from *to* 2 more times, CH2, TURN
- 2HDC in next, HDC in next 19, 2HDC in next, CH1, TURN
- SC in each stitch across, SS 2x down the side of the Brim. SC in next stitch and every stitch around to beginning of Brim
- SS 2x up side of the Brim, SS in each stitch across Brim, SS 2x down the side of the Brim, SS in each SC around. Finish off
CH 32 (base row), HDC in 2nd CH from hook, HDC across, CH2, SS in first CH of base row. Finish off, leaving a 6 inch tail to sew band to hat. Center band and attach to hat using embroidery needle. Attach gold buttons of choice.
If you are wanting to do the Gold Metallic, can be found in with the embroidery thread at larger yarn/fabric stores.
Using Hook size C
CH desired length, SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC across, CH1, Turn SC across. Continue until you have 3 or 4 rows. Finish off, leaving a 6 inch tail to sew band to hat. Continue as listed for the Pink Band
Directions for making the Top of the hat stay nice and flat! .
For the FREE Police Badge Pattern click HERE
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