The Flash Inspired Hat (Crochet)







Happy New Year, Everyone!

I’m extremely excited about today’s blog post because it’s a collaboration with the fabulous Sam Goodheart!

As I’ve said before, I first taught myself how to crochet about 4 years ago with Youtube videos, and Sam’s are some of my favorite. She’s kindly given me permission to use one of her tutorials as a portion of today’s pattern! Before I get any further into this post, let’s show her some love. Click any of the following links to find her online!






You might not know this about me (you’re about to, though!), I’m a bit of a geek. I’ll admit that it’s gotten worse since I met my husband 9 years ago, but we really feed each other’s passion for anything nerdy.

Our house looks a bit like Tom Hanks from the movie “Big” lives here – with an adult flare of course. All of our wall art is superhero themed and we collect Star Wars piggy banks just for decoration. We even own a Nintendo controller coffee table and have all 7 dragon balls, which are proudly displayed in a glass bowl as a center piece on our dining table.

Needless to say, this Flash Inspired Crochet Hat really appeals to the kid in me. I’m so excited to share this pattern with you all today because it honestly brings my soul so much happiness! When my good friend, Trish, mentioned her son is currently obsessing with the Flash, I knew immediately I had to make this hat! You have to start kids young these days to make sure they grow up to be a part of the Elite Nerdy Adults Club.

As always, you can find and share your projects with me on Instagram (@i_can_knot_even) because it really brightens my day when I see ya’ll enjoying these patterns as much as I do creating them! Don’t forget to pin this pattern to your Pinterest boards to find it easier later and of course, you have permission to sell any items you make using this pattern. Please, just link back to this post or credit me whenever possible! Before I send you on your crochet way, check out the “Support This Blog” tab at the top of this page to view patterns I have available for purchase in my Etsy Shop! Sales from the shop contribute to material purchases to make this blog possible!

I’d like to give Sam a HUGE thank you for contributing to this post! Don’t forget to check out her links at the beginning! You won’t regret it because she is Awesome with a capital “A!”

Happy Hooking!



Materials:
•5mm crochet hook
•Red yarn
•Yellow yarn ( I just used a bit from my scrap stash)
•Black Puffy Paint ( This is optional, but I think it defines the Flash bolts)

Abbreviations:
•CH – Chain
•DC – Double crochet
•SC – Single Crochet
•HDC – Half Double Crochet
•DC 2Tog – Double Crochet two together
•SLST – Slip Stitch
•SCFC – Single Crochet Foundation Chain (This particular stitch is utilized in the video tutorial for the Flash bolt provided by Sam. If you are unfamiliar with this method, a quick search in Youtube will bring up a large selection of tutorials!)

Pattern Notes:
•The hat portion of this project is a basic double crochet hat. I’ve provided the pattern I used as part of this post, but feel free to use your favorite pattern!
•I have written this hat to fit older children/ teens, but if you’d like to use a different size, check out my blog post “ Donation Hat Patterns” to check out a few different basic DC hat patterns!
•I’ve listed the method I use for ear flaps, but again, don’t hesitate to use your favorite pattern and really make this hat your own.
•Sam Goodheart has provided a video tutorial for the Flash bolts, which you will find linked under that particular portion of the pattern
•CH 1 at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch



Pattern :  Flash Inspired Hat ( Crochet) – Children/ Teen size

Hat:
CH 4. SLST to the first CH to create a loop. (Or use a magic ring if that’s your preferred method).
Round 1: CH 1. 12 DC into the ring. SLST into the top of the first DC.

Round 2: CH 1. 2 DC in every stitch around. SLST into the top of the first DC (24).

Round 3: CH 1. **2 DC in the first stitch. 1 DC in the next stitch. Repeat from **. SLST into the top of the first DC. (36).

Round 4: CH 1. ** 2 DC in the first stitch. 1 DC in the next two stitches. Repeat from **. SLST into the top of the first DC. (48).

Round 5: CH 1. ** 2 DC in the first stitch. 1 DC in the next three stitches. Repeat from **. SLST into the top of the first DC (60)

Round 6-13: CH 1. 1 DC in every stitch around. SLST into the top of the first DC (60).
Tie off your work and weave in ends to complete this portion of the hat.

Ear FLaps:

Lay your beanie flat with the seam placed in the back. From the folded edge on the left, count out five stitches towards the middle of the front of your hat and place a stitch marker in the 5th stitch.  This will mark where your ear flap is visible from the front. Next, using the folded edge on the left again, count five stitches in the opposite direction (towards the back side of your hat) and place your stitch marker in the 5th stitch.  This represents the 10 stitches in which you will be working one ear flap. Repeat the process on the right side of your hat.

Next, open up your hat and pick a side to begin working on. You will now only be crocheting on one side of the hat at a time to create the ear flaps. 

Row 1: Create a slip knot and insert your hook. Attach this new working yarn in the marked stitch that feels natural for the direction you crochet (for me, this is working right to left) with a SL ST. CH 2 (this counts as a DC). DC in the next 9 stitches. Your last DC should be in the stitch marker designated to represent the end of your ear flap. CH 1 and turn your work (10 DC).

Row 2: (work in the second CH from the hook) DC 2Tog. Place 1 DC in the next 6 stitches. DC 2Tog. CH 1 and turn your work. (8 DC)

Row 3: (work in the second CH from the hook) DC 2Tog. Place 1 DC in the next 4 stitches. DC 2Tog. CH 1 and turn your work. (6 DC)

Row 4: (work in the second CH from the hook) DC 2Tog. Place 1 DC in the next 2 stitches. DC 2Tog. CH 1 and turn your work. (4 DC).

Row 5: (work in the second CH from the hook) DC 2 Tog. DC 2Tog one more time.
Tie off and your first ear flap is complete! Repeat this process on the other side of the hat between the 10 stitches you marked earlier to represent the placement of the second ear flap.

Weave in your ends. Attach a new piece of working yarn to the back of your hat with a SLST. Create a SC border all the way around the hat to give your project a finished edge. Join with a SLSt at the end. Tie off and weave in your ends.

Ear Flap Ropes:

Add 8- 10 long strings of yarn to the tip of the ear flap by using a yarn needle to thread it through and double the strand. I used mostly red and 1 strand of yellow as an accent for this. Be creative!
Then, tie the strands into a knot by looping them around your finger and sticking the ends through. Be sure to secure it as close to the tip of the ear flap as possible.
Next, braid the strands until you reach your desired length and finish the rope by repeating the previous knot process. Trim the ends to be an even length.
Repeat on the other side.

Circular Bolt Base (Repeat Process twice):

This piece is worked in a continuous round, meaning you will not be joining at the beginning of a new round. If you’d like, place a stitch market in the first stitch of each round, but if you like to live your life dangerously, just count your stitches as you go!

CH 2. Place 8 HDC in the second CH from the hook. Do not Join.

Round 1: Place 2 HDC in every stitch until you have 16 HDC all together. Do not join.

Round 2: Place ** 2 HDC in the first stitch and 1 HDC in the following stitch. Repeat from ** until you have a total of 24 stitches. Do not join. ( I stopped here, but I’ll include an additional row if you’d like to make your piece a bit larger. Otherwise, Skip to round 4).

Round 3: Place ** 2 HDC in the first stitch and 1 HDC in the following 2 stitches. Repeat from ** until you have a total of 32 stitches. Do not join.

Round 4: Place 1 SC in the next 3 stitches. Then, place 1 SLST into the next two stitches (this rounds out the piece). Tie off your work and weave in your ends. 

Bolt Tutorial (Repeat process twice):

Sam’s video is for the actual flash symbol, but we will only be using the portion for the instructions for the bolt! Be sure to weave in your ends before the next step.

I used a 5mm hook for this portion of the project, as well. Grab your yellow yarn and jump right in!





Puffy Paint:

Outline both bolts and both circular pieces with black puffy paint. I found that I preferred a thicker line, but don’t be afraid to add your own flare! Allow the designated amount of drying time recommended by the brand of paint you are using.

Assembly:

Sew each bolt to one of your circular bases. Make sure that they are pointed in opposite directions so that when you attach them on either side of your hat, the tips that are not sewn to the circular piece will point towards the back of the hat.


The next step is particularly tedious. You’ll want to do your best to make sure that the bolts and circular pieces are evenly placed on either side of the hat so it looks cohesive. I used the DC rows on the hat portion as a measuring method on either side.

Place your bolt and circular base on your hat. Attach only the circular base by hand sewing it into place. This way, the bolts will stick off the head when the hat is worn and look just like the Flash!


Weave in your ends on the inside and you have completed this Flash Inspired Crochet Hat!



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