FAQ: Why is there a curved line down the back of my hat?

Visible line at crochet join

Am I doing something wrong? What can I do to fix this? I get these questions all the time, especially regarding my free Versatile Earflap Hat Pattern.

The answer is that you aren’t doing anything wrong! Whenever you crochet in the round and begin each round with a chain, you will have a visible line where each round is joined. I find that a lot of people really fret over this line so I’m including a couple photos of the backs of my Versatile Earflap Hats for comparison.

Back view of Versatile Earflap Hat

Now if you’re new to crochet and your line doesn’t look quite so neat, don’t worry – these things come with practice. Just stick with it and keep crocheting!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as I can.