SUN HAT CROCHET BAND a la France
Time approx. 1 hour - Level ♥♥♥ (Intermediate)
You will need:
♥︎ A sun hat, preferably straw hat of some kind.
♥︎ Colorful Sport Weight yarn (I have used Tilda yarn, a cotton/acrylic mix from my Yarn Shop.)
♥︎ Crochet hook 3 mm/ D (US)
♥︎ Darning needle
♥︎ A pair of scissors
ch - chain UK/US
dc/sc - double crochet UK/single crochet US
dtr/tr - double treble UK/treble US
pc - popcorn stitch*
sl st - slip stitch
st/sts - stitch/stitches
Special Stitch Instruction*
Make 5dtr (UK)/5tr (US) in the same stitch. Drop the loop from the hook. Insert the hook in the top of the first dtr (UK)/tr (US) of the 5-dtr (UK)/tr (US) group made. Pick up the dropped loop. Draw through all loops on hook. Chain 1.
Foundation: Ch 6, close with a sl st in the first ch to make a ring.
Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), make 12 dc (UK)/12sc (US) into the ring, close with a sl st in your first dc (UK)/sc (US). You should have 12 sts in total in the ring. Cut your yarn and fasten off ends.
Join a new color leaving a tail of approx 6-7 inches/10-12 cm and ch 4 (counts as your first dtr (UK)/tr (US). Make 4 dtr (UK)/4tr (US) in the same st.
Pull up the loop on your last dtr (UK)/tr (US) and pull out your hook to drop the loop. Now insert your hook in the fourth ch of your "first" dtr (UK)/tr (US), fetch the dropped loop and pull through all loops on your hook. Chain 2 to secure and move forward. You have made a 5-dtr (UK)/5-tr (US) popcorn stitch.
Skip 1 st, make another 5-dtr (UK)/5-tr (US) popcorn stitch in the following stitch, skip 1 stitch etc. Continue until end of row. Finish with chaining 2 and closing the row on the back of your first popcorn stitch with a sl st. You should have 6 popcorn stitches in total. Cut your yarn and leave a tail of approx 6-7 inches/10-12 cm. Don't fasten off yet.
Joining Popcorn Flowers:
Make approx. 13-14 Popcorn Flowers in total, depending on the size of the hat, and join them all together to a band. Join your flowers with the left over tails matching one petal from one flower between two petals of the next flower. Just simply thread the yarn tail on a darning needle and sew the flowers together making a couple of stitches between all three joining petals for best result. Fasten off left over ends and cut yarn.
TIPS 1: To secure the flower band on your sunhat, attach the Popcorn flower Band by hand with a few slip stitches to the hat evenly around.
TIPS 2: Make Popcorn Flowers to decorate a tank top, T-shirt or plain dress. Lovely!