I used to do alot of crocheting when the kids were young. The last few years I have gradually put away the crochet hooks, buried the crochet patterns at the bottom of the pile, and concentrated solely on knitting.
I am knitting hats for the Cheyenne Indian Resevation in South Dakota and some premie hats for Caps for the Capitol. I tried the crochet pattern for the premies and found it worked up quite a bit faster than the knit version and it was equally warm. I wondered about a pattern for adults that is all double crochet and would work up faster than the knitted hats for the Native Americans and some quick birthday gifts for my neighbor girls. Here's what I came up with. It has one row of novelty yarn at the end since I discovered crocheting with novety yarn is harder than it looks since it is hard to see the individual loops. Because you only do one row, there is no need to find your stitches. Knitting with novelty yarn is definately easier!
Materials: Worsted weight yarn: 1.7 oz
Novelty yarn for border
Size H (adult S/M) or I crochet hook (adult M/L)
With worsted yarn, ch 4 and join with ss in first ch.
1 Ch 3 - counts as first dc this row and all rows- 9 dc in ring, join. - 10
2 Ch 3 - 2 dc in each around, join- 20
3 Ch 3 - *2dc in next st, dc* around, join -30
4 Ch 3 - *2dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts* around until 2 sts remain, 2dc in next st, dc in last st, join - 40
5 Ch 3 - *2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts* around until 3 sts remain, 2dc in next st, dc in last 2 st, join - 50
6 Ch 3 - *2dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts* around until 9 sts remain, 2dc in next st, dc in last 8 sts, join - 55
7-13 Ch 3 - dc in each dc around, join - 55
14 Join novelty yarn. Ch 1 and sc in each dc around. End with ss in 1st sc.