For the first time, I tried my hand at crocheting with raffia yarn. It was definitely an interesting experience in trying something new. I made this floppy brim Hometown Honey Sunhat! Just in time to protect yourself from the rays! Whether on the beach or in the garden, this will come in handy!
Working with raffia while creating this hat was interesting. I may have to try again on another project to fully provide a fair opinion of this type of yarn. I ran into a few frustrating challenges, but still managed to achieve a decent result. Some tweaking and blocking this hat pattern will continue to improve its look.
When working with Raffia Yarn, always remember, you will have to give your hands a rest from time to time. Depending on the type of Raffia you use in your project, it can be a little rough on the hands.
In making this hat, my initial concern was over the hook size because of the pattern it was creating. The yarn looks thick/bulky, but it is actually quite thin when you start working with it. It created a stitch that wasn’t as tight as I expected it to be using my G6 crochet hook. Be aware of that when you start your project. This Raffia yarn is also not as firm as I expected it to be in the final product.
When I wore the hat, the brim of the hat was very floppy and did not hold a firm shape. I had a feeling that would happen while I was crocheting this in the video tutorial. At that point, I realized I had to do something to acquire the the wide brim look that I was hoping for. I decided to block this piece after I had my dad photograph it.
Below you will see the photo of the hat in the blocking process. I pinned it to a towel and saturated it with water. It will be dry within 24 hours and it should hold a better shape. Upon doing further research, I have learned that you can also starch raffia/straw sunhats by using liquid spray starch or making your own starch with 16 oz. of hot water mixed with a tablespoon of corn starch. You can spray the mixture on your hat. It will not wreck it, and it will give you a more desired shape.
For those of you who want a floppy brim, the original result will give you that. It’s cute no matter what!!
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this hat:
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Materials you will need:
–Premier Home Raffia Yarn (210 Yards) Color: Almond
–Size G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-To make this smaller or bigger, use a smaller or bigger hook size
-This is made from the top down
-This hat pattern and demonstration will fit an Adult Size, but you can adjust measurements on your increases very easily by following along with this measure guide. Just stop increasing at a certain point if you want to make this smaller, or increase evenly around in multiples of 6 until the crown of your hat measures to the size you need and then stop increasing and go on to making your hat sides and brim.
-Work in the BLO unless otherwise instructed
-This took me approximately 3 hours to make
-The measurements for the hat demonstrated in this tutorial are: Circumference of hat part: 22 Inches Top to brim: 7 inches Brim Width: 5 inches
-Move Stitch Marker up each round as this is made in the round
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
FLO: Front Loop Only
Crab Stitch: Backwards Single Crochet (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each st. (12)
Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)
Rnd 7: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 5 sts) 6 times. (42)
Rnd 8: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 6 sts) 6 times. (48)
Rnd 9: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 7 sts) 6 times. (54)
Rnd 10: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 8 sts) 6 times. (60)
Rnd 11: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 9 sts) 6 times. (66)
Rnd 12: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next 10 sts) 6 times. (72)
To increase more, just follow the pattern to make your increases and then go onto the instructions for rounds 13-24.
Rnds 13-24: Sc in each st around. (72)
Continue working the SC rounds if you need to make this longer (see the measure guide in the NOTES section of this tutorial)
Rnd 25: Work in the FLO: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) Repeat Around (108)
Rnd 26: (Go back to working in BLO) Sc in each st around. (108)
Rnd 27: (SC 2 in next st, sc in next 2 sts) Repeat Around. (144)
Rnds 28-29: SC in each st around. (144)
Rnd 30: (SC 2 in next st, SC in next 23 sts) Repeat around. (150)
Rnds 31-32: SC in each st around. (150)
Rnd 33: (SC 2 in next st, SC in next 24 sts) Repeat around. (156)
Rnds 34-36: SC in each st around. (156)
Sl st to next st, (Fasten off is optional at this point)
Rnd 37: Crab Stitch around (Reverse Single Crochet)
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Embellish your hat with a ribbon, flower, pin, beads, anything you’d like!
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I ordered the rafia to be picked up in Panama City Beach next week! The only color left is yellow or blue I ordered blue! Thank you so much
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I love this style hat and the stitch. I works up beautiful in cotton, also my last row I crochet a wire into the brim.
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