Yolanda Lopez is one of my favorite crochet video teachers. Her style is easy going and she explains the crochet stitches really well and she points out places you might have problems with. I’ve done several of her videos and shared my work with you previously. This new one is a summer sun hat made with cotton yarn and a cute brim to keep the sun out of your eyes but your head cool and breezy.
Making Hats of Different Sizes from this Pattern
The hat is worked up in a simple double crochet stitch. I used the J hook Yolanda called for and my hat ended up being ENORMOUS. I’ll be washing it to shrink it a bit and next time I’ll use an H hook or smaller. Yolanda doesn’t give a gauge so it’s trial and error on sizing. To make this smaller, use a smaller hook and/or use fewer stitches (ie., subtract the same number from all rounds – ie., the first round is 12 double crochet – subtract 5 and make the first 7 – subtract 5 from all subsequent rows).
The yarn used in this project is Red Heart Creme de la Creme cotton yarn in the color Aqua – I chose not to embellish this hat, but you could like Yolanda does in her video with ribbon and a flower.
Easy Summer Crochet Sun Hat Video Tutorial by Yolanda Lopez
Free Crochet Patterns and Video Tutorials
One of Yolanda’s specialties is that she gives directions for the gorra para el sol y verano in Spanish and English. She also has some videos that are available in Spanish as well. She’s done video’s for many different baby sweaters, afghans, scarfs, bags, toys, and the cutest is a Monster’s Inc Sully and Mike hats (see below). So adorable!
Check out Yolanda’s YouTube channel for tons of free crochet patterns, sewing, jewelry making, knitting and more. Try crocheting along with her as I do. I just pause the video if I need to catch up and I work along with her on the project. It’s so much easier than reading a pattern and it almost feels like I have a friend crocheting along with me.
My Must-Have Crochet Tools
- Clover Takumi Soft Touch Crochet Hooks, 8 Sizes
- Clover Chibi and Darning Needles
- Fiskars mini Scissors
- Dritz Crafters Comfort Glove (I wear Large)
- Red Heart Measuring Tape
My Yolanda Crochet Free Pattern Favorites
- Sully, Monsters Inc Beanie Video Two Video One
- Crochet Mike Monsters Inc Monster Hat – Video One Video two
- Quick and Easy Beginner Crochet Hat
- Crochet Halloween Jack Skellington hat
- How to crochet basic Beanie Tutorial/ all sizes — baby to adult
- How to crochet “Hello Kitty” beanie – video one video two