"A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothing and wearing a costume; it's the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it's the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat." (Martha Sliter)
I made another hat using this free pattern found on the Coats and Clark website: Decorated Crochet Hat & Scarf Project #WR1065 the pattern is a free PDF download direct from their site and suitable for crocheters of all skill levels.
I'm always looking for something to make my projects unusual and fancy as well as feminine and I think this hat band fulfills those requirements just fine. I added the beads (purchased at Walmart, I'm pretty sure) after the band was sewn on the hat but the beads aren't necessary because the band dresses up the hat nicely on it's own, especially if you add a crocheted flower or three. ;-)
I started by measuring the circumference of the hat where you want the band to lay and start chaining your thread (I used a size three thread and an 11 steel hook) ending up with a chain that is in multiples of 6 plus 1 ch for turning. (The stitch patten requires 6 stitches). It's better to have the band be a bit too long than too short and make your hat bunch up. You can always overlap the band where it meets, if necessary. You'll end up making over 220 chains to begin, depending on the circumference of your hat.
For Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn
Row 2: ch 3, **skip 2 sc, (dc, ch 5, dc) all in next sc, sk 2 sc, sc in next, repeat from ** across, turn
Row 3: ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 5, dc in fifth ch from hook, sc in next ch 5 loop, ** (dc, ch 5, dc) all in next sc, sc in next ch 5 loop, repeat across. After working sc in last ch 5 loop at end, work (dc, ch 2, dc) all in last sc of row 2. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Easy peasy? Yes. Just a bit time consuming at first but once you get past row one it goes along quickly and it ends up looking like you spent days on it. ;-)