Myra is a fun hat to crochet and uses almost all bean stitches. (So, if you like beans you’re gonna love this pattern!)
Myra has a funny story behind it. This past Christmas I spent the holidays in my home town of Newburyport Ma. It is a quaint little town about thirty to forty minutes north of Boston. Every year we have a “Yankee swap”, where you draw a number and choose a gift in when your number comes up. You can swap with another person or keep the gift. It is a lot of fun and can get quite competitive over those highly sought after gifts.
Money was tight for us as we were waiting on my husbands new contract to come through, so to participate in the festivities I grabbed a skein of yarn and started crocheting on the plane. After a few days I had a pretty good idea where the hat was going. It caught the eye of my cousin, Myra, whom the hat was then named after. She was very persistent in her attempts to perswade me she needed the hat I was working on. I told her she could fight for it in the Yankee Swap, and laughed heartily when she gave me the Myra version of “You stink!” look.
Well I decided to be nice and make another hat for the swap and gift her the one I was working on. Christmas Eve came, and so did Myra. Unsuspecting, I slipped the hat onto her head. Now Myra has these great big clear eyes that show everything she is thinking. When I saw the look in her eyes at that moment I knew she was the right person for the hat. The look of pure joy and happiness to receive something so beautiful and hand-made by someone she has so much faith in. I felt like a million bucks too!
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It was time for the swap and I had put the second hat I made in for the grabbing. When it happened I couldn’t believe it, and that look again, but also combined with utter shock and surprise. Myra had chosen the second hat as well. I couldn’t believe it! What are the odds? Needless to say she coveted the hat in order to hold onto it and prevent it from being traded for a less desirable gift. I love outcomes like this. It gives the design life and personality. I hope you enjoy it as much as Myra.
Since you liked the Myra Slouch Hat so much, try these patterns too!
- 75 mm hook
- 4 mm hook
- 250-300 yards Yarn Bee Luxe Lollies or similar weight and texture. You want something that easily flexes and drapes nicely.
- Yarn needle
When I first designed Myra I used Yarn Bee Luxe Lollies. It has since been discontinued, so I went in search of an alternative. Of course you can use any #3 or #4 floppy type yarn for this hat bu I found that these options work best!
- Sp: space
- St: stitch
- Slst- slip stitch
- Ch- chain
- Sc- single crochet
- Hdcblo- half double crochet back loops only
- Bnst- bean stitch; In the same stitch, yo insert hook yo pull up a loop 4x’s (9 loops total on your hook) yo pull through all 9 loops, yo pull through to close the bean.
- Bnst2tog- bean stitch 2 together; bnst but do not yo and pull through all loops, instead make a second bean, yo pull through all loops, yo pull through to close both beans together.
- Don’t be afraid to pull on the fabric as you are making your beans. In my experience the yarn will relax and fall into place as you progress. (see figure 3)
- Do check your tension often. Your bean stitches should go in opposite directions for each round. (see figure 4)
- When slip stitching to the beginning, slip stitch into the top of the first bean.
- Tension is important with this piece to ensure proper shaping and drape. Sizing can be adjusted easily by increasing or decreasing rows on the brim. However, if you increase the number of rows on the brim you will want to increase the number of single crochets of row one and the starting number of bean stitches; also, you may need to add adjust your decreases later at the appropriate time.
- When decreasing the hat size, again, be sure to consider the number of single crochets you will need to remove from row one and the number of decreases you may need to remove at the appropriate time. When finished you piece should have a nice dome shape when laid flat.
- Body, 11 rows & 96 bnst = 4×4 area
- Band, 5 rows = 2”
Using 3.75 mm hook
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from the hook, hdc across. Ch1, turn. (10)
Row 2: Hdc in first st, hdcblo in next 8 st, hdc in last st (both loops). Ch1, turn (10)
Row 3-60: rep row 2 (17” with a 5” stretch to 22”).
Slst short ends together, ch1
Sc evenly around the band edge, slst to beg, ch1. (90)
Using a 4mm hook
Rnd 1: bnst in every other sc around, slst to beginning (45), ch1 turn
Rnd 2: 1bnst in the slst sp, bnst around each ch1 of previous rnd around (between each bnst), slst to beginning (45), ch1 turn
Rnd 3-12: rep rnd 2
Rnd 13: bnst in next 7, bnst2tog. Rep ** around, slst to beg, ch1 turn (40)
Rnd 14: bnst in next 6, bnst2tog. Rep ** around, slst to beg, ch1 turn (35)
Rnd 15: bnst around slst to beg, ch1 turn (35)
Rnd 16: bnst in next 5, bnst2tog. Rep ** around slst to beg, ch1 turn (30)
Rnd 17: bnst in next 4, bnst2tog. Rep ** around, slst to beg, ch1 turn (25)
Rnd 18: bnst around, slst to beg, ch1 turn (25)
Rnd 19: bnst in next 3, bnst2tog. Rep ** around, slst to beg, ch1 turn (20)
Rnd 20: bnst in next 2, bnst2tog. Rep ** around slst to beg, ch1 turn (15)
Rnd 21: bnst in next 1, bnst2tog. Rep ** around (10), slst to beg, ch1 turn
Rnd 22: bnst2tog. Rep ** around (5), slst to beg.
Tie off leaving a long tail. Weave the yarn through the center of each decrease (5), pull taut. Tie off, weave in ends.
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