DIY

Crotchet Link’s Hat!

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You can’t save Hyrule without a fashionable head piece!

Thanks to LarpKitten on LiveJournal, you can defend your head from the harsh, cold winters wherever you are and be ready for an adventure of epic proportions without a naggy, little fairy.

Ready to get started? Here is what you’ll need:

Worsted Weight Yarn** in: Green, Yellow, Light Green (optional)
J or K Hook
Marker
Sparkly pompom and pixie wings (optional)

**Use 100% wool (NOT “Superwash”) if you plan on felting, and don’t forget to swatch!

Pattern:

(See abbreviations below)
Chain 2.
Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook
(Place marker and move every few rows to keep track of the starting point)
2 hdc in each st around
Dc 2 rows, no increases
(Dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 1 row
Dc 2 rows, no increases
(Dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) 1 row
Dc 2 rows, no increases
(Dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) 1 row
Dc 2 rows, no increases

Repeat last 2 rounds, adding one single dc to the repeats on the increase rows, until you have the length of tail you want (you can kinda see the way it goes, we just put the 1, 2, 3 rows above, go from there to 4, 5, 6, etc.).  In most cases you will want to go until you have 9 single dcs between each 2 dc, but you can start as early as you want if you want to shorten the tail.

Continue repeating and adding single dcs, but only dc 1 row between increase rows until the hat fits over your head.

If you want to felt it, make it slightly bigger according to how much your yarn shrinks when felted, using your swatch to measure how much bigger to make it.

Change color to yellow, then dc 6 rows (no increases).
Taper off the last row by doing 2 hdc, 2 sc, then 2 sl st before tying off.

Decoration:

If felting, felt the hat before adding the yarn stitching using your favorite method.

Hand-stitch the big “X” stitches in either yellow or light green.  If you like, you can also embroider a faux seam to go under the big “X” stitches.

If desired, make a little Navi out of a sparkly pom pom and some little pixie wings, and attach it to the opposite side of the stitching.

Voila!  You’re now ready to go out and save Hyrule!

Abbreviations used:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half-double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch