Because it’s pretty darn cool.
Slip stitch crochet is, simply put, crocheting made up entirely of slip stitches. I read up on the technique over on David Burchall’s blog. He’s done a lot of work with it. I’ve got a few ideas myself that I’m interested in pursuing, but I took notes on the hat I’m wearing in that picture. Interested?
- About 70 yds Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
- Q (16mm) crochet hook
- N (9mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
iF: inverse front loop slip stitch (Hold yarn in front, insert hook from back to front in front loop only. Yarn over, pull up loop, pull loop through loop on hook.)
Row 1: Beginning with Q hook, ch 15. Working in the back loop only, sl st in first ch and each across. (15 sts) Turn.
Row 2: Do not ch. iF in each st across. Turn.
Row 3: Do not ch. Working in back loop only, sl st across. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 alternately until piece can encircle your head at just tighter than desired snugness. (I went until mine was 19″ long.)
To join, sl st last row and starting ch together as follows. Hold working yarn between the edges – behind last row but in front of starting ch. Insert hook through back loop of last row, front to back. Swing hook over yarn (it stays down in the middle), and insert from back to front of starting ch. Catch yarn with hook and pull through all loops on hook. Repeat across.
Switch to N hook. To gather top: Ch 1, *[insert hook (front to back) in next 'V', pull up loop] 3 times. Yarn over, pull through all loops on hook. Rep from * around. (If you have two Vs left over, do it with two; if you have one do a single crochet.) Finish off, leaving a tail of yarn. Weave tail through the stitches of the gathering row and pull tight.
With remaining yarn and four fingers, make a pom pom (tutorial here) and sew to top. Weave in ends. Enjoy your hat!