Wide 'n Handsome Hat Pattern No. 786

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This free pattern originally published by John Dritz & Sons Company, Volume 10, in 1947.

Hat No. 786

Materials Required

DRITZ Belastraw Art. No. 110, 2 tubes Main Color, 1 tube Contrasting Color.

DRITZ Steel Crochet Hook No. 0 (Zero).

58" Millinery Wire.

GAUGE: 4 1/2 sc make 1".

CROWN: With Main Color work same as Breton Beauty Hat No. 778 until there are 96 sc on rnd. Work 2 rnds straight. Piece measures about 6" across. Cut 20 1/2" of wire. Clamp to form circle.

Next rnd: Holding wire on top of last rnd and working over it, * insert hook in next st and pull loop through, y o, through 1 loop, insert hook in same st and pull loop through, y o, through 3 loops. Repeat from * (96 sts).

Following rnd: Work sc in the back loop of each sc of last rnd. (96 sc). Drop Main Color keeping it on right side of work. Work side as follows:

Attach Contrasting Color in 1st sc of last rnd and work 15 rnds of sc. End off Contrasting Color

Work mesh as follows:

1st rnd: Pick up Main Color, * ch 5, skip 2 sts, sc in next remaining loop on wired rnd. Repeat from * ending with ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in last st (32 loops).

2nd rnd: * Ch 5, insert hook through next loop, skip 2 rows of sc, insert hook through next corresponding sc on following row and complete and sc. Repeat from * ending with ch 2, dc in top of dc.

Repeat last rnd until there are 5 rnds of loops.

Next rnd: With Main Color work sc in each contrasting sc catching center of each remaining loop (96 sc).

BRIM: 1st rnd: Sc in each sc increasing 8 sc on rnd.

Repeat 1st rnd until there are 184 sc on rnd. Clamp remaining 37 1/2" of wire and work over it same as on Crown. Sl st in next st.

FRINGE: Cut a cardboard 1" x 3". Turn wrong side of Brim toward you. * Holding cardbaord behind Brim, pass Belastraw over cardboard, insert hook in next st on edge and pull loop through, complete an sc.

Repeat from * around until there are 3 rows of loops. End off. Fold edge of Fringe under and whip down. Brush inside of Crown with sizing and allow to dry.

Other great patterns from Dritz Hat and Bag Creations, Volume 10:

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Bon Vivant Hat
Breton Beauty Hat
Fleur de Lys Hat
Good Companion Hat
Pert and Perky Hat
Pride 'n Joy Hat
Ridged Rascal Hat
Spring Song Hat
Swash Swagger Hat
Town Club Hat
Wide 'n Handsome Hat
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