Monday, 9 October 2006
I think it's got a bit of a 1930's feel to it, especially with my stray curls sticking out of the front.
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")
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.