Instructions for a Crocheted Dreadlock Hat

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The rasta or dreadlock hat
The rasta or dreadlock hat (Image: bonnet rasta image by rachid amrous-spleen from Fotolia.com)

The dreadlock hat is a great way to confine your dreads or cover your head on a cold day. Because this hat is long, wide and slouchy, you’ll be able to get it around your hair with no problem. To make this hat, you need to know how to crochet a single crochet two together (sc2tog), also known as a decrease. Start with a loop on your hook. Draw up a second loop in the next stitch and a third loop in the stitch after that. Yarn over and pull the yarn through all three loops.

Things You'll Need

  • Size J crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn, two skeins, color of your choice
  • Stitch marker
  • Large-eye tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Chain (ch) four--counts as your first double crochet (dc). Dc in fourth ch from your hook. Make 10 more dc in the same stitch for a total of 12 dc. Place stitch marker on ending stitch. When you end a new row, move your stitch marker to the end stitch of each round (rnd).

Use wool or cotton to make a dreadlock hat.
Use wool or cotton to make a dreadlock hat. (Image: crochet image by Lytse from Fotolia.com)

Make three ch for your first dc for rnd two. Crochet a dc in the same stitch. Repeating from this point to the end of this rnd, make two dc in the next stitch (st). Chain three for first dc of rnd three. then make another dc in the same stitch. Repeating from this point to the end of rnd three, crochet one dc in next st, then two dc in the next stitch.

You don't need many tools to make a dreadlock hat.
You don't need many tools to make a dreadlock hat. (Image: colour ball of the threads image by Ekaterina Shvigert from Fotolia.com)

Crochet three ch for first dc of rnd four, then dc in the same st. Repeating from this point, make one dc in the next two st and two dc in the next st. Make three ch for first dc of rnd five, then dc in same st. Repeating from this point to the end of this rnd, crochet one dc in the next three st and two dc in next stitch

Ch three for first dc of rnd six then dc in same st. Repeating from this point to end of this rnd, make one dc in next four st and two dc in next st. For a person with short, thick dreadlocks, you continue in this progression of increases until you have made the hat wide and long enough. Continue this pattern: one dc in next five st, two dc in next st, then for next rnd, one dc in next six st and two dc in next st for as many rnds as necessary.

Ch three for first dc, then make a dc in every dc when the hat is wide enough. Repeat this rnd five times. If the hat needs to be longer, continue this rnd until you have made it long enough. When you have crocheted it to the right length, ch two, for first single crochet (sc). Sc two together (sc2tog) around to the end of this rnd. If the hat is really wide, you may need to repeat this for a second rnd. You should have between 40 to 50 st when you’re finished.

Ch two and sc in each st around and repeat this for five to six rnds for the rim of the hat. When your hat is the right size, fasten off your yarn and weave the ends in.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use wool for a dreadlock hat to be worn in the winter and cotton for a hat that'll be worn in the summer.
  • You can substitute half double crochet (hdc) for the single crochet stitches on the rim if you want to make it thicker.

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