Monday, 9 October 2006

have-it-your-way hat


have-it-your-way hat
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
It's a wee bit loose, but it's very comfortable. I finished it yesterday afternoon while I was visiting my uncle and aunt. I tried it on and my uncle said "Oh, it's Grandma Stagg (his grandma, my great-grandmother)" and my aunt said "Oh, you look like your mother". Mostly I get told that I look like my dad, so when people see something of my mum's family in me it seems worth noting.
I think it's got a bit of a 1930's feel to it, especially with my stray curls sticking out of the front.

Project Specifics:
Pattern: The have-it-your-way crochet hat plan in Yarn, Issue 4, Sep 2006, p. 23
Yarn: Panda Regal 4 ply cotton - 2 strands together
Tools: 4mm crochet hook, pipe cleaners ("chenille sticks")

Modifications
Following the pattern to the letter, making the crown a flat circle as wide as the circumference of your head, then working straight down, the hat was ending up waaayyyy too big. In retrospect, those instructions seem to presume that a head is shaped like a cylinder rather than more like a sphere. So I frogged it back to the flat section and started the sides of the crown earlier on.
The pattern for the broad-brimmed hat suggests working the last round of stitches over a brim liner (either specialist millinery supplies or substituting in dressmakers stays or corset boning). I discovered on Sunday that my local Lincraft had closed and I spent ages in the nearest Spotlight combing the haberdashery aisles with no success. Then I happened to walk down one of the kiddies craft aisles and I spied some "chenille sticks" (I guess that's a new PC name for pipe cleaners) and I had a light-bulb moment. They mean that the brim is flexible and I can "set" it in various shapes.
I might well make more of these hats this coming summer (one for every outfit perhaps!). It was very quick and easy and the outcome is practical. Almost instant gratification.

3 comments:

Genevieve said...

it looks great!

and goodness, I didn't realize pipe cleaners are no longer called pipe cleaners.

aija said...

It looks great! I had a giggle about the "chenille sticks," too.

Donni said...

So THAT'S What you look like! Nice hat too!