Monday, August 31, 2015

Utes Fans - Crochet Newsboy Hat

What is the perfect, fast and easy crochet gift for both adults and kids? It's a super bulky crochet newsboy hat, suitable for all genders. It can be made in any color, and is especially fun to make using a person's favorite team colors. I have some friends who are big Utah Utes fans, so I made them these hats in red, black, and white.

 crochet hats for Utes fans



Yarn (Super Bulky, #6)

Lion Brand has a line of super bulky, 100% acrylic yarn (Hometown USA Yarn) in a wide selection of team colors. Here are the colors I used:


  • 22mm shank buttons 
    • Belle Buttons by Dritz, Item#BB246
    • I found these at my local Joann store


  • J (6mm) and N (10mm)



crochet hat with visor Utes colorsThis is a great pattern that is very easy to follow and is offered in several sizes from toddler to adult. The main part of the hat is essentially a bulky beanie, but the visor makes the pattern worth buying. I have seen many newsboy patterns with "flat" brims that drop over the forehead, but this is a real visor that bends up and keeps its shape. The only tips I have are minor. First, when switching from the smaller to larger hook, I would suggest still using the smaller hook to get through the loops of the stitch, then switching back to the larger hook to maintain the gauge. Otherwise, it's quite challenging to fit the larger hook through the smaller stitches of a previous row. I attached the buttons using the same yarn that I used for the hat. The buttons I selected are great for this because the shank opening is large enough to accommodate the super bulky yarn. I did not sew the strap onto the hat, but simply fastened it with the buttons. This way, the size can be modified by adjusting the strap, if desired.

crochet newsboy hat in black and redI think the pattern with strap and buttons has a slightly more feminine look. This version is also absolutely adorable on both boys and girls. Omitting the strap and buttons gives it a simpler look that some men may prefer.

I made two hats, one with the buttons and strap, and one without. I think the latter could work well for a boy or girl. There are so many possibilities for color combinations and patterns. I kept it very simple for the red and black hat, and got a little more creative with the red, black, and white hat. I also somehow left out a couple of stitches from several rows on the hat with the white band, so it ended up being smaller than I originally intended. Luckily, there is a 10-yr-old boy in the Utes fan family who it should fit.
red white and black Utes fan crochet hat
Dimensions: width: 9.5"  height: 7"
red and black crochet Utes hat
Dimensions: width: 10"  height: 7"
I am planning to make a few more of these hats in different colors for the football fans in my family. I just love how fast and easy this hat is to make, and using one's favorite team colors makes a special, personalized gift.

What team colors will you be crocheting into hats this season? 
Go Utes!

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