Today I would like to share a pattern for a longer hippie dreadlock tam, free to use for your personal hat projects. If you crochet hats for sale you may already know how to do it and I kindly ask you to incorporate your own stitch variations and imagination.
Here we go: wool blend yarn (chunky) and crochet hook size K
Chain 4 and join with sling stitch.
round 1: chain 3 (= 1 double crochet) and crochet 15 additional double crochet stitches (dc) into this ring, join with sling stitch (do this at the end of every row). You have 16 dc.
Round 2: Now we crochet 2 dc in each dc (=32 dc)
Round 3: *We skip 1 dc, make a chain, dc twice in next dc*, continue until the end
round 4: we crochet 1 dc in each space, also between the 2 dc, don't forget the chain after each dc
round 5: in order to increase we crochet 2 dc into each 2nd space
round 6 (final row of crown): 1 dc into each space, don't forget the chain stitches;)
For my tam I have reached the maximum width that I want to achieve, so now I will keep up this crochet pattern. The only thing to pay attention to is the end of the round. You need to keep the 1st dc and last dc in an alternating pattern, shown here.
showing it once again after a few rows:
I usually crochet up to a length of 11", a median which should work for most hair styles, make it at least 12" for someone with long thick dreadlocks.
You can use half-double loops for the final row and lace a tie-string through it.
Now a few comments on custom orders. On Ebay I sometimes receive the question if I make all my hats by myself. Yep, I do.
On my website and sometimes on Etsy I also accept custom orders.
I am always open for using your color choices, or even change the design.
Before I will mail out to the customer I always take a picture before weaving in the loose ends.
That way I can make final alterations if needed.
Here is a custom that I made for a buyer on Etsy.
It was too windy to take pictures outside, and I have to admit, I don't want to go back to indoor pictures. How dull! This hat doesn't have a tie-string yet which will keep the weight of the hair at the back of the head instead of pulling down the hat in the back (as it appears in this picture since there is no tie-string yet).
Anyway, I hope I was of some help regarding a simple crown pattern for a dreadlock tam and showing a dreadlock tam in progress.