Puff Slouch and Scarf

Puffhatscarf1My daughter has had beautiful long dark hair all of her life (not counting the first year of her life when she was completely bald). At age 19 and pregnant with her first child, her hair was a little lower than mid back. She decided that she wanted to cut her hair really short to make things easier for her after the baby came. Did I mention I have like THE MOST HANDSOME grandson now! Anyways…she loved the short hair….for a little while. Now she wants her long hair back. Unfortunately there isn’t a magic button to make hair grow back overnight so she has to suffer through the horrible in-betweens. You know that period of time where every day you spend an hour in front of the mirror trying to make your hair presentable only to eventually scream out “OMG I HATE MY HAIR!” and frustratingly shove a cap over your head. Well thankfully her “OMG I HATE MY HAIR!” period is during the cooler months when she can actually get away with wearing a cap. Problem is…she didn’t have any caps! So guess who got to make her some!?

2014Blizzard
The New Orleans Blizzard of 2014

If you’re from South Louisiana, you know that our winters aren’t much to talk about. We occasionally get below freezing, and even less occasionally get a wild blizzard like we did last winter.

So I couldn’t make a hat that was super thick. She’d need something that was airy, yet roomy enough to cover up her “OMG! I HATE MY HAIR” head without leaving her drowned in head sweat. So I went with a puff stitch slouch. I’ve done the stitch before for baby blankets, but I’ve never done it in the round. Took a bit of experimenting and frogging but I finally got it.

Hat

Yarn: Red Heart Soft Touch
Hook: H

Basic Stitches:
Chain (CH)
Slip Stitch (SL)
Single Crochet (SC)
Back Loop SC (BLSC)

Special Stitches:
Puff Stitch (PS): YO. Insert the hook into the stitch. YO. Pull through the stitch, bringing the loop up to match the same height as the previous stitch. 3 loops on your hook. YO. Insert the hook into the same stitch. YO. Pull through the stitch, bringing the loop up to match the same height as the previous stitch. 5 loops on your hook. YO. Insert the hook into the same stitch. YO. Pull through the stitch, bringing the loop up to match the same height as the previous stitch. 7 loops on your hook. YO. Pull through all 7 loops on your hook. CH 1

Standing Puff Stitch (SPS): Pull up a loop to the approximate size of a half double crochet, then follow instructions for Puff Stitch, making your stitch in the last stitch of the previous row.

Hat Band
Row 1: CH 11, then SC in 2nc CH from hook and to end.
Row 2: CH 1, turn and *SC in back loop of next SC*, repeat * to * to the end
Repeat Row 2 until band measures approximately 20 inches. If you need smaller or larger just decrease or increase the number of rows, making sure that you have an even number of rows. Then bring the two ends together and sew together by doing a slip stitch through each stitch of both ends.

Hat Slouch
Row 1: Turn band so that you are working on the side and CH 1, then SC in each stitch, finished with an SL in first SC, making sure that you end with an even number of stitches. Do not turn.
Row 2: SPS in same stitch as SL. *Ch 1. Skip one SC, PS in next stitch.* Repeat from * to *. Finishing with a SL in top of SPS.
Row 3: SL into first Ch space. SPS in ch space. *Ch. PS in next ch space.* Repeat from * to *. Finish with a SL in top of SPS.
Repeat Row 3 (18) times for a total of 20 rows of Puff Stitches. If you want the slouch longer add more rows. Sew seam together to close up the slouch by weaving yarn through every other stitch and pulling tight. Then I weave yarn through the seam several times, then pull needle through to the inside of the slouch and tie a knot. If you don’t like how to seam looks, you can always add a pompom.

Decorate band however you wish, with a flower, applique, etc. I created a small band by crocheting 6 rows of 8 SC each and attaching a button, then sewing it onto the side of the hat.

Scarf

I really do love scarfs. I’m not a fan of having things tight around my neck, like turtlenecks, so scarves give me the warmth but also the freedom of keeping it loose and easily removed. After making the above hat, I had a whole skein of yarn left. Might as well use it to make a matching scarf. I consider it lagniappe for my daughter. For you non-New Orleanians, “lagniappe” means “something extra, usually given as a gift or for free” and us New Orleanians love all things lagniappe!

Row 1: Chain 21, SPS in 2nd chain from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, PS in next ch*, repeat * to * to end making sure that you finish with a PS in last chain.
Row 2: CH 4 and turn *PS in ch 1 space, ch 1*, repeat * to * to last ch 1 space, then DC in top of last PS in previous row. Turn
Row 3: SPS into top of DC, ch 1, *PS in next ch 1 space, ch 1*, repeat * to * to end, making sure that you finish with a PS in 3rd chain of chain 4 in previous row. Turn
Repeat row 2 and 3 until scarf is desired length.

You can leave the edge unfinished if you like or you can add a fringe like I did. I cut 80 pieces of yarn, 12 inches each and separated into groups of 4. 4 strands for each fringe, 10 fringes for each end of the scarf.

As of this post date this pattern has not been tested by anyone other than myself. If you find an error, please kindly let me know and I will correct it as soon as possible.

Most of us have been doing this a long time so I’m pretty sure someone else out there has created something similar if not possibly identical. Copying of any other pattern is not intentional….so please don’t sue me, I’m just a poor New Orleans Lady trying to spread my love of crochet to the masses.

Please feel free to share the pattern, sell the finished product, etc. Do whatever you want with it. Heck you can even line your kitty box with it if you don’t like it….but..I think you will.

So…happy crocheting….and don’t forget to Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

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