I was recently asked if I could make a poof ball hat. Though I had never made one, I responded that I could, after all, ravelry has patterns for everything. So I went home, looked, and found the Two Ball Crochet Hat pattern. I liked the band of this hat. Anyway, I started working on it, basically ignoring the gauge, just making sure that it would fit my head. This resulted in the band being 56 rows, not 80 rows, but the hat fits. After I finished the band I continued on with the pattern and discovered that the top of the hat is a lot looser and full of holes than it looks in the pictures. I didn't like this, so I pulled that part out and completely redid it. Essentially the only parts of the original pattern that I kept were the band and the poof ball.
Anyway, here's the pattern:
Entire Hat is in brown except for rows 9 and 11 and the poof ball which are in cream.
ldc= linked double crochet
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, (9 sc)
Rows 2-56: ch 1, turn, sc across in back loops only (9 sc)
To join: ch 1, align edges, sl st through both edges across
Round 1: ch 1, turn, (sc, ch 1, sk 1) around, join
Round 2: ch 1, turn, (sc in sc, sc in ch 1 sp) around, join
Round 3: ch 3, turn, ldc around, join
Round 4: ch 1, turn, sc around, join
Round 5: ch 3, turn, ldc around, join
Round 6: ch 1, turn, sc around, join
Round 7: ch 3, turn, ldc around, join
Round 8: ch 1, turn, sc around, joinRound 9: ch 1, turn, sc around, join (cream)
Round 10: ch 1, turn, sc around, join (brown)
Round 11: ch 1, turn, sc around, join (cream)
Round 12: ch 1, turn, sc around (from this point on, do not join, or turn)
Rounds 13-17: (sc in next 5 sc, decrease) around
Rounds 18-22: (sc in next 3 sc, decrease) around
There should be 9 stitches at the end. Fasten off, leaving a long end. Thread this end through the stitches on the last row and pull tight.
Following the instructions on your pom pom maker, make a 2" poof ball. I used the green on in the Susan Bates pom pom maker. Attach poof ball to hat by threading the long end of the hat through the knots holding the poof ball together then going through the hat, then back through the knot. Repeat this until poof ball is securely attached. Weave in the end.
I made this using I Love this Yarn in Brown and Cream and a J hook.