Crochet Shaping Techniques for a Hat

Crochet Shaping Techniques for a Hat


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It doesn't matter whether you're shaping a circle or square It doesn't matter whether you begin in the round or line. Crochet chain shaping is necessary. Will you begin from a magic circle or a crochet chain?

Create a rectangle, oval, or square? You want that perfect hourglass shape for your crochet items without pulling.
Crochet shaping depends on where you want to increase and decrease.

One example is a hat. Will you increase and decrease on the edge or in the middle? Do you want the hat to curve as a round or square? Shape with a defined square shape? Crochet shaping does that. Imagine yourself crocheting on a plane or a flat surface.


Create a rectangle, oval, or square? You want that perfect hourglass shape for your crochet items without pulling.
Crochet shaping depends on where you want to increase and decrease.

One example is a hat. Will you increase and decrease on the edge or in the middle? Do you want the hat to curve as a round or square? Shape with a defined square shape? Crochet shaping does that. Imagine yourself crocheting on a plane or a flat surface.

Notice the purple hat below



An increase followed by a decrease acts like a flat fold. It creates a nice transition from the body to the top of it.

Shaping involves increasing followed by decreasing. I used this technique when crocheting my unique and shapely hats on Etsy. Crochet shapes or crochet curves act as a dart that relates to sewing. Short rowing relates to knitting. Crochet shaping relates to a tailored appearance. We love the semi-fitted and elegant shape.
Click or tap on the picture above the video about how to crochet around a circle

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Click on the picture above to access the video link. This begins with an increase, decrease, and single crochet.  First, I'm going to increase, and likewise decrease. It creates a fold. I started with a circle. I'm using a size I-9(6.00mm) crochet hook. And I'm using a worsted weight yarn called I Love This Yarn, available at Hobby Lobby stores. So to begin this, starting with my marker, I'm going to single crochet.
 Increase by single crocheting 2 in the same single crochet. The edge will ripple a little bit from the work. See the original linear side. Keep working until the end of the round. Notice the round rippled edges. Next is the decrease.

Insert hook. There will be 3 yarns pulled over through three. Continue to do this until the end of the round starting to form a looser edge.

Here's the completed circle with the decreasing round. Notice when you fold the work under the circle facing up. The shape is still visible. See what it does. Think of it, like, working on another plane. Here's a different plane surface where it lies flat in a different direction.

This is an example to show you a simple demonstration. In the next round single crochet one in every single crochet stitch. This reinforces the new plane surface lying on a different direction surface. See how nice it looks. It makes the circle flat.

You see the difference in letting the curve flow versus the 3 step technique I showed you. There you have it!

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