At long last, a hat for me =)
As I mentioned earlier, I usually use knitting and sewing as an excuse to make gifts for people, but recently I decided to make myself a hat! I think for the first time! I started off planning on crocheting a hat – since I had never done that before. So looked around online for a cool pattern, and found one with diamonds, similar to the pictures you see here (except these are knitted). But the pattern was SUPER complicated – much more than I could do as a novice crochet-er. Well, I probably could have done it, it just would have taken a LONG time and I would have to look up a lot of new terms and how-to videos on youtube. I was going to do all that, until I saw that the crochet pattern was actually based on a pretty famous knitting pattern by Jared Flood called the Koolhaas Hat. Turns out it is not a free pattern…and I rarely buy patterns (you can find SO many free ones that are great too!). But I really liked it, so I took the big $5 plunge. =)
Well, turns out the pattern is actually pretty complicated, which when I’m knitting, is great because it keeps it interesting, and I get to learn some new skills. (sorry, i have a problem with run-on sentences) Anyways, here is the hat most of the way done. It is basically a TON of cables that crisscross back and forth. The pattern also uses a chart for the main pattern, which I had never used before (TIP: If you are working in the round, you read charts from RIGHT to LEFT on each row. If you are working on regular needles, you read them R –> L, then L –> R and keep switching off).
The instructions say to use a cable needle for the cabling that you have to do on every other row, but I found it much easier to just use a tapestry needle. Each time you cable you only have to cable one stitch at a time, so you dont need a long needle. AND, it is so small, that it is easy to hold in your hand during the stitches that you are not cabling. I thought it worked really well.
This is the finished hat. To be honest, my impatience got the best of me, which is why I ended up with a brown hat (I’m usually into brighter colors). One night a couple of weeks ago I basically decided to make the hat, found the pattern, and then wanted to start right away! When I looked through my stash of yarn, I found that I didn’t have many options in the right weight yearn. So without knowing how complicated the hat was going to be, I figured I would make one with the brown for the hell of it (a present?) and then make another one for myself with a color I really wanted. Well, once I got started, I decided it was taking too long to make another one any time soon (I dont usually like to be tied down to one project for too long). So i ended up keeping the brown hat, and embellishing it with a flower!
I have only crochet’d a couple of flowers before, but I like this one the best. Unfortunately once I made it, I thought it was WAY to big – likely because I just wasnt used to seeing myself with flowers on me…but I think I will keep it as is! HERE is the website where I found the pattern for the flower, and HERE is the website where you can buy the hat pattern. Enjoy!