Crocheted Shell Hat with Plumeria Flower
A lacy shell stitch makes this crocheted shell hat with a Plumeria flower a sweet hat for a little girl. My inspiration for this hat came from a pin of Melissa Frank’s Flowered Shell Hats which can be found on raverly.com. The pattern isn’t free, but it’s reasonably priced.
I used Big Twist Value medium-4 yarn for this project and it felt too bulky. Other hats I have made with yarns like Caron Simply Soft, Deborah Norville Everyday or Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” just seem to make lighter and more delicate hats. You can see the difference between two hats I made on my Crocheted Crown Hat Post. After making 2 shell hats in a row, this one and the Little Mermaid, I personally think I would like them better with a lighter weight yarn for a more delicate look.
Using an H hook start the hat with the basic beanie pattern like this one from Ashlea at Heart Hook Home. This is basically doing 10 DC in a magic ring. Increase your next row by doing 2 DC in each stitch (20). Then 1 DC, 2 DC in the next 2 stitches repeating to get (30) stitches. Next would be 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC in the next 3 stitches to (40) stitches and so forth til the diameter is the size of the child’s hat you are making (as per her hat measurement chart). My hat was a child size with 6 rows of grey. However, I thought the hat was a little too tall on my granddaughter’s head (age 6), so I would decrease this to 5 rows, and decrease by one row on the shells in grey.
The first 5 rows in the grey I used a 5 DC shell stitch, making 4 rows, but I would decrease that to 3 rows for a child around the age of 6-7.
A basic shell stitch starts with a SC in your first stitch (after attaching yarn with a slip stitch). Skip 1. In the second stitch work 5 DC (shell). Skip 1 and SC. Skip 1, shell stitch in next, repeat. Slip stitch into your first SC when you get around the hat.
For the next round you want to chain 3, 4 DC in same stitch, Skip 2 (which should put you in the middle stitch of the first shell from the previous row) 1 SC, Skip 2 (which puts you in the SC stitch of the previous row) and work your 5 DC shell. Repeat. Slip stitch, and start your next row which should be a SC if you slip stitched into the beginning of a shell.
There is a YouTube tutorial here for basic shell stitches. If you want to watch the whole tutorial, but not the slow motion part for the second shell stitch, fast forward the video to about 5:09 minutes.
In between the grey and pink add a row of SC in white.
For the pink shells I increased the DC to 7 in each shell so it would flare out like the picture of Melissa’s hat on raverly.com. It makes such a beautiful scalloped edge on the bottom that you finish off with an SC stitch in white around the row.
Hawaiian Plumeria Flower
I used a Plumeria flower pattern I found on Pinterest from Creativities. If you scroll to the bottom she has a video tutorial of a white Plumeria with a yellow center. The yellow center is done with a marker so I skipped that part since I made my flower in pink. I made each petal as per her instructions and then did a SC in white around each edge. Then sewed them together as she shows in the tutorial, and attached it to the hat. I added a ‘glass-cut’ button to the center.
As with the hat, I felt this needed a lighter weight, more delicate yarn. I also think making the flower smaller would have looked better, but perhaps the lighter yarn would accomplish that. The color scheme is adorable on my granddaughter’s sweet face.