Vintage Derby Hat by Regina Weiss

Vintage Derby Hat

Crochet
April 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
3 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in Waistcoat Stitch
5.0 mm (H)
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
Adult
US
This pattern is available for free.

I’ve always loved the bowler, a.k.a derby hat, and I think this cute but classy style looks great with anything! So I was inspired to create a crochet version, with a vintage-y feel and body stiff enough to maintain the classic bowler shape. The Vintage Derby pattern is the result, a pretty simple crochet pattern suitable for beginners but with some textural tweaks – this pattern uses waistcoat stitch crochet, a.k.a knit stitch, and yarn held double.

I chose the waistcoat/knit stitch because I wanted the surface of the hat smoother than regular single crochet could do, and because I thought it added to that vintage look I was going for.

For the yarn held double, simply crochet as you would, but with two strands of yarn instead of one – this makes the body nice and thick, which helps hold the shape of the hat.