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Chullo Hat
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Design: Chullo Hat
Based on the South American traditional hat, this chapeau gives a tremendous effect for very little effort!

Size: 18 (20, 22") / Finished Meas: 12 (14, 16") from tip of hat to bottom of earflap.

Skill Level: C 3 Intermediate

Yarn Required: Art Yarns Super Merino, 188 yds/skein
A: SM106 - greens & blues, 1 skein /
B: SM109 - Pinks & Blues, 1 skein /188 yds

Gauge: 4-1/2 sc = 1" using size C hook

Notions: Darning needle, crochet stitch marker, safety pin or waste yarn

Stitches: sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, spk - spike, Twisted Cord

INSTRUCTIONS:

Hat Tip & Crown:
(Note: in this section all SC's are worked into the back loop only of the previous SC.)
With B, ch 4 sts, join. Sc 6 sts into loop.
Round 1: With A, ch 1, sc 2 into each st, join - 12 sts
Round 2 (and all even rounds): With B, 1 sc into each st.
Round 3: With A, ch 1, 1 sc into next st, (spike into corresponding st from round 1, 1 sc into each next 2 sc) rep to end of round, join - 18 sts.
Round 5: With A, ch 1, 1 sc into next st, (spike into corresponding spike from previous A round, 1 sc into each next 3 sc) rep to end of round, join - 24 sts.

Continue in this manner, alternating A and B rows, and in each A row adding another 6 spikes around the circumference, which increases st count by 6 until there are 78 (90, 102) sts around circ of hat.

Two Color Headsize Band
(Note: from this point on all sc's are worked through
both loops of sc in the previous round)
Next round: Ch 1, (With A 1 sc in next 2 sts, with B, 1 sc in next 2 sts) rep to end of round.

Rep last round 4 (6, 12) times. Bands will appear to move diagonally.

Striped Band
Rounds 1 & 2: With B, sc all sts for 2 rounds.
Rounds 3 & 4: With A, sc all sts for 2 rounds
Repeat last 4 rounds 2 (3, 4) more times, FO.

Earflaps
With a piece of waste yarn mark center back (CB) stitch. Count 11 (13, 15) sts from CB and with B sc 1 st in next 16 (18, 20) sts, turn. Sl 1 st, sc 1 st in each next 15 sts, turn. Continue in this manner, slipping the first st of each row and working 1 less st each row until 8 sts rem to be worked, FO.

Repeat on other side, starting ear flap 11 (13, 15) sts from CB.

Edging:
With A and starting at CB, 1 hdc into each st around hat, working around each ear flap as shown in diagram.

Twisted Cord
Following instructions for 2C twisted cord, make two cords, each 16 (18, 20") long. Attach each cord to the tip of the ear flap.

HDC - Half Double Crochet
Yarn over hook.
Insert hook in the next stitch to be worked.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through stitch.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook (one half double crochet made).

SC - Single Crochet
Insert hook in stitch.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through stitch.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through 2 loops on hook (one single crochet made).

Spike
Insert crochet hook into previous round and pull loop through. Work as sc, dc or tr as directed in pat.

Twisted Cord
Measure a length of yarn 4 times longer than desired length of final twisted cord. Fold the strand in halfand make a slipknot at the cut ends. Pass the slipknot over a doorknob and stand far enough away so that the yarn hangs in midair and does not touch the ground.

Slip a crochet hook into the loop in your hand and, while still holding the yarn in the left hand, twirl the hook to twist the yarn around itself. Continue twisting until the yarn is quite taut and evenly twisted.

Still holding one end of the yarn in your left hand, with your right hand pinch the twisted strand midway between yourself and the doorknob. Bring the ends of the yarn together by moving toward the doorknob, but DO NOT LET GO OF THE MIDDLE OF THE TWISTED YARN. You will notice as you let go of the pinched midpoint of the twisted yarn it will twist around itself forming a plied cord.

Still holding tight to the ends so the twisted cord doesn't unwind itself, loose the yarn end from the doorknob and tie both ends together. You can run your finger between the cords to even out the twists if necessary.

2/C Variation

Measure 2 lengths of yarn each twice as long as desired length of final twisted cord, 1 in color A, 1 in color B. Fold the "A" strand in half, then mark the center point of this double strand as point X. Do the same with the strand of B. Lay each double strand on top of each other at points X and fold both in half so that you have a strand of quadruple thickness, 1/2 of the length in A, 1/2 of the length in B. Pass the slipknot over a doorknob and stand far enough away so that the yarn hangs in midair and does not touch the ground. Continue working as for single color twisted cord, above.