Abbreviations used in pattern:
Ch – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Triple Crochet
Sl – Slip
St – Stitch
YO – Yarn Over
I have been obsessed with the Panama Hat Patterns I have seen posted all over Facebook and Pintrest. It is just too bad I don't speak Russian and Google while it might be great for many things does not translate crochet patterns into English very well at all. I was left with a big mess. Finally I am able to share one pattern that turned out for me.
This one is more straight than the twisty curve because of the positioning of the flowers. I will make adjustments if anyone is interested in additional ones with the more twisted look.
Size approx. 20”
Hook Size: C
To increase the size of the hat start with more DC in round 1 (12-15 will increase the size). Recommend starting with 10 if using standard weight yarn medium 4. If you choose to use the Patron thin delicate yarn it is really pretty, but it is smaller so I recommend starting with more DC in round 1.
Chain 8 to make a ring - OR - Ch 3 (magic ring)
Round 1: 10 DC in the 3rd chain from hook to allow the ring to adjust to the size you need. Sl st into st DC of the round
Front Post Double Crochet (Fpdc) – makes a double crochet around the front of the post. Yarn over (YO) with front facing, insert your hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc on the previous row. (The hook should be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around)Complete the st as a regular DC.
Round 2: Ch 4 Fpdc around first DC not the same DC as the connecting round, ch1, Fpdc, ch1* in each st around, sl st to top of first DC at the start of the round.
This looks like a pinwheel almost. You should have a Fpdc around each post from row 1 with a ch1 space separating each post.
Round 3: Ch 3, Fpdc around same connecting post from the previous row, ch1, DC in the top of the Fpdc from previous row, *Fpdc around DC in the previous row, ch1, 1 DC*, repeat * to * to the end of the round. Sl st in first DC.
Notes: row 3 - the DC is made in the same DC as the Fpdc. At the end of the round it will look almost like an X shape.
Round 4: Ch 4, Fpdc in 1st post, ch1, 1 DC in next DC, ch1, Fpdc next post, ch1, 1DC in next DC, ch1*, repeat * to * to the end of the round. Sl st in first DC.
NOTE: the ch spaces act as an increase but maintain the lovely square pattern throughout the hat.
Round 5: Ch 3, 1 DC in same DC, ch1, Fpdc around next post, ch1, 2 DC in next DC, ch1, 1 Fpdc in next post, ch1* repeat * to * to the end of the round.
(Careful to remember that each Fpdc is separated by a ch1 space. This maintains the lovely square lace pattern down the side of the hat).
Sl st in first DC.
Round 6: Ch 3, 1 DC in same DC, 1 DC in next DC, ch1, Fpdc around next post, ch1, *2 DC in next DC, 1 DC in next DC, ch1, 1 Fpdc in next post, ch1* repeat * to * to the end of the round.
Pressed flat you should be able to see the pattern forming in groups between the ch1 spaces, each row the number of DC increases between these ch1 spaces to create the lovely pattern that makes this hat unique.
Round 7: Ch 3, 1 DC in same DC, 1 DC in next 2 DC, ch1, Fpdc around next post, ch1, *2 DC in next DC, 1 DC in next 2 DC, ch1, 1 Fpdc in next post, ch1* repeat * to * to the end of the round. Sl st in first DC to complete the round.
Round 8: Ch 3, 1 DC in next DC, 1 DC in next 2 DC, (ch 3 counts as a DC), ch1, Fpdc around next post, ch2, *1DC in next 4 DC, ch1, 1 Fpdc in next post, ch1* repeat * to * to the end of the round. Sl st in first DC to complete the round.
Repeat Round 8 until the hat measures 17cm from round 1 to the bottom remember to maintain the ch1 spaces between each 4 DC and Fpdc to bring the lovely box open through to the bottom of the hat.
Start of brim: Sl st color change (soft pink)
Round 1: Ch1 SC in each of next 4 DC across to ch1 space, 1 sc in ch1 space, 1 sc in Fdpc post, repeat * to * to end. Sl st.
Round 2: 1 SC in each sc around to end. Sl st.
Round 3: switch back to main color (brown) – ch 4, Fdpc next sc, DC in next sc, Fpdc in next sc, DC in next sc, continue to end of round.
Round 4: Ch 3, Fdpc next post, DC in the top of the next Fpdc, Fpdc in next post, 1 DC in next post,* repeate * to * to the end of the round. (the pattern should look like DC, Fpdc, DC, Fpdc.
Round 5 – Round 8 repeat round 4 depending on desired length may add another round if choose.
Round 9: will be worked backwards around the hat still on the front side, with main color ch1, sl into previous st (st to the right of the hook) pull up onto hook (2sts on hook) yo and pull through all st on hook (sc), 1sc in previous st, repeat around the hat (worked backwards without turning it over). The sc are worked from the last st to the first st. It will feel a little strange working backwards but you will get the hang of it.
Flowers (make 6)
Main color (brown)
Ch 7 connect to form a ring
5 sc in ring
switch color (pink)
ch4, 2 triple crochet in next st (yarn over twice instead of once like for DC to create a triple crochet – it gives the petal a little height), ch 3 sl st into same sc, *ch 4 2 triple crochet in next st, ch 3, sl st into same sc* (petal made), repeat * to * until 6 petals are made. Sl st to bind off remembering to leave a longer tail to sew flower to hat.
Sew flowers to the hat just above the brim on the fpdc. I skipped every other fpdc to balance them out evenly, but any flower and any place would look lovely.