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Geez Louise

Inner Child Crochet

By Melissa Mall
Model and Photos: Melissa Mall

Difficulty: Intermediate

Every now and again I feel like I’ve seen all there is to see in the land of crocheted hats. Despite everything you can do with color and stitch patterns, there are only so many shapes something can be and still go on your head.

Imagine my delight when I stumbled on a variation on the theme of ‘hat’ that was new to me. Geez Louise is a cross somewhere between a cloche, a watch cap, and a turban, with loads of feminine attitude and an attractive stitch pattern to boot. The gathered part can be worn to the front, to the side, or in between to allow you to change up your look even more.

Size: One Size

Finished Measurements: 10 1/5 inches from crown to brim, 22 inch circumference

Materials:

  • Cascade 220 Wool [100% Wool; 220yd/201m per 100g/3.5oz skein]; color: Tangerine; 1 skein
  • I/9 (5.50mm size) hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 13 sts/15 rows = 4″/10cm in patt.

Directions:

Rnd 1: Ch 2; make 12 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (12 sc)

Rnd 2: *Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: Make 2 sc in each sc around. (24 sc)

Rnd 4: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (30 sc)

Rnd 5: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, sk 2 sts, make 3 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (36 sc)

Rnd 6: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, [sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 2 times. Repeat from * around. (42 sc)

Rnd 7: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, sk 2 sts, make 3 sc in next st, sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st. Rep from * around. (48 sc)

Rnd 8: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st. [Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 3 times. Repeat from * around. (54 sc)

Rnd 9: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, sk 2 sts, make 3 sc in next st. [Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 2 times. Rep from * around. (60 sc)

Rnd 10: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st. [Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 4 times. Repeat from * around. (66 sc)

Rnd 11: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, sk 2 sts, make 3 sc in next st. [Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 3 times. Rep from * around. (72 sc)

Rnd 12: *Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st. [Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 5 times. Repeat from * around. (78 sc)

Rnds 13-22: *Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (78 sc)

Rnd 23: Ch 4. Sk 5 sts, make 2 sc in next st. *Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (78 sts)

Rnds 24-40: *Sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around. (78 sc)

Sl st in next st; finish off leaving a tail of yarn about 6 inches long.

Tie

Row 1: Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (10 sc) Turn.

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st across. (10 sts) Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across. (10 sc) Finish off.

Finishing: To finish, thread tail left at the end of the hat through the needle. Weave yarn through section of hat between brim and the hole created in Rnd 23. Pull to gather fabric.

Thread Tie through hole and around gathered section. On wrong side of hat, sew the short ends of the Tie together. Also on wrong side, sew the hole closed. To finish, weave in all ends.

About the Designer

Melissa Mall is an at-home mom with four sons seven and under. They are currently residing in Arizona after a three-year stint in Japan and are having a fun time readjusting. You can keep up with their ordinary adventures over at her blog, or take a peek at her crochet patterns and tutorials at Inner Child Crochet.

Pattern & images © Melissa Mall. All rights reserved.

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22 Responses to “Geez Louise”

  1. Debra says:

    This is so adorable! How cute the hat and you are. I also live in AZ, the most southern end where Ft. Huachuca is located. I always perk up when I see someone from this state. Glad I came across your info. Take care and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creativity. :D

  2. michele says:

    wait a sec, did i just read you live in az too? oh my, i live in az too too! wow, so we are all feeling this hot weather together, so cool lol. either way i like your blog and check it frequently because you have such a fun style. this hat is just what i am looking for a vintage swap! thanks so much for sharing

  3. Nelda says:

    Such a cute hat! Always looking for something new to make for my beautiful daughter-in-law. Thanks so much!

  4. Kathie says:

    Wow! I’ve been looking for a chemo cap pattern I can crochet that is just a wee bit different and this is it! Thanks so much.

  5. Susana says:

    Es un sombrero muy divertido para este otoño.
    Un saludo.

  6. dj says:

    your patterns are always exciting to see. yes i admit i print up most of them and use them as gifts. someday i will keep one for me. i am thinking this beautiful ‘geez louis’ had because i can then say ‘geez i actually have a hat for me thanks to melissa !!

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  8. Nina Agosta says:

    I am having trouble with the stitch counts after row 3. I have tried this several times and the numbers don’t add up. Is there a misprint?

    • admin says:

      Hi Nina. I’m not sure where you’re having difficulty, as there is not a misprint.

      Round 4 says to ‘skip 1 stitch, make 3 sc all in the next st (it’s an increase), skip 1 stitch, make 2 stitches in the next st (another increase).’ As you can see, this ‘uses up’ 4 stitches but creates 5 so that the next round will have more stitches. You repeat this sequence around a total of 6 times, and 4×6=24 (round 3), 5×6=30 (round 4).

      I hope this clears up what’s been going wrong.

  9. Nina Agosta says:

    Yes that does. Are there any updates I should have?

    thanks

  10. Nina Agosta says:

    I am trying again. When there are asteriks, is it the number of sc I should count rather than just repeat once. I have never seen a pattern written like this.

  11. Nina Agosta says:

    Ok hope this is the last question. Sorry if I seem dumb.
    rnd 6 Make 3, sc2, 42 cannot be divided by 5. Same thing rnd 8 54 cannot be divided by 5. What am I missing? Sorry for all the questions.
    What am I missing here.

    • admin says:

      Hello again Nina. The amount of stitches is increasing in each round until round 13. The increase repeat in round 6 ‘uses up’ 6 stitches and creates 7 to go from 36 to 42.

      So, ‘*Sk 1 st, make 3 sc in next st, [sk 1 st, make 2 sc in next st] 2 times. Repeat from * around’ means ‘skip 1 stitch, make 3 sc in the next stitch, skip 1 stitch, make 2 sc in the next st, skip 1 stitch, make 2 sc in the next st.’ The asterisk is a marking in the directions telling you how far to go back to the repeat.

      I hope this helps.

  12. Nina Agosta says:

    Thanks again.

  13. barbara lillia says:

    is hat done with joining at the end of each row or in a spiral

  14. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern! I just made this…I believe this was probably the most complex hat I’ve made…the pattern was very easy to follow and it turned out perfect! I added a vintage button to the tie. Purple yarn, mint colored button. It looks beautiful and vintage. A class act hat! Thank you again!

  15. Suzy Newmark says:

    This hat is just too cute, I am so excited to try this pattern. Thank you so much for your designs, I really am enjoying them.

  16. Suzy Newmark says:

    This hat was a dream to make!! I absolutely love your form of structure and stitch patterns… Thank you so much.

  17. Taki May says:

    I am at row 5 and have worked it twice and it still isn’t coming out to 36 stitches. Rows 1-4 gave me the exact count- I ended row 4 with 30 SC made. But, when I get to the 30th SC of row 5, 31-36 will be made OVER the first 2 increases in the same row (5). Is that correct?

  18. Alia says:

    Just compelted this design – thank you so much for sharing. I made it as a gift (in my attempt to make this Christmas more personal and special), but i think i’ll get going on a second for myself. Thanks again!

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