Good News Hat Pattern #2327

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Good News Hat Pattern #2327

adaptable to any headsize

Choose one of the following threads in size 10, White or Ecru:
Clark's O.N.T. Mercerized Crochet, 5 balls.
J. & P. Coats Mercerized Crochet, 4 balls.
J. & P. Coats Big Ball Best Six Cord Mercerized Crochet, 2 balls.
Milward's steel crochet hook No. 10.
1 yd. grosgrain ribbon, ½ inch wide.

Gauge: 12 sts make 1 inch; 9 rows make 1 inch.

Left Tab … Starting at one end, ch 25. 1st row: S c in 2nd ch from hook, s c in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 2nd row: Skip 1 s c (a decrease); * insert hook in front loop of next s c and pull loop through, insert hook in back loop of following s c and pull loop through, thread over and draw through all loops on hook (1 double s c made), ch 1. Repeat from * across to within last st, 1 double s c in last st (an increase). Ch 1, turn. 3rd row: Picking up only the back loop of each st, make 2 s c in 1st st (an increase); s c in each st across to within last st (a decrease). Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows alternately until piece measures 6½ inches. Fasten and break off.

Right Tab … Work to correspond with left tab, making decreases to correspond with increases made before, and increases to correspond with decreases made before. Do not break off, but make chain about 21 inches long (this is lower edge of hat), and work across left tab, decreasing at outer edge as before. Ch 1, turn. On next row, work in pattern across left tab, across the ch-21, and across right tab. Hereafter work in pattern over entire piece, decreasing 1 st at both ends of each double s c-row and each s c-row for 48 rows. (Always make decreases by skipping the specified number of sts. To keep edge even, make decreases at end of row, immediately before last st.) 49th to 86th rows incl: Dec. 2 sts at both ends of each double s c-row, and 1 s c at both ends of each s c-row. Hereafter dec. 1 st at both ends of each row until all sts are worked off. Break off.

Draw an outline of finished piece on paper. Then starch piece, and pin to outline on a padded surface with rustproof pins. Do not remove pins until piece is thoroughly dry, as this crochet has a tendency to pull together when wet. When dry, fold point to place where tabs join lower edge of hat. Draw ribbon through both thicknesses with over-and-over stitches, ½ inch apart (thus closing openings). Fasten ends of ribbon on wrong side. Tie tabs in a flat knot. A ribbon may be sewed inside lower edge to insure against stretching.