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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Thick and cosy hat - my first Crafster item! on: January 15, 2008 12:38:51 AM
Thank you for your lovely comments. 

The pattern is taken from a booklet of patterns - Patons Autumn Shades, no. PBNoooo-03384 (bought 2006)
It contains 12 designs for jackets, a throw, a bag, scarf and of course the hat.  All the designs are lovely, and there is something for all levels   

As to the changes I made - I had to adapt as I went along; but this is as much my fault as the pattern. I must say though that there is a print error in the pattern, stating to use size 7 for the main hat; it should have been a 12.  Once I'd figured that one out, I realised I only had a size 10 or 20 hook.  So.... I went with the size ten and added some more stitches and rows in.   I'm sure if you followed the pattern with a size 12 hook, it would come out fine. 

The stitch is very easy to do.  As long as you are confident with double and treble crochet you will have no problem with this.  The right side of the hat is actually the wrong side as you are making it.  You can easily do the body of the hat in an evening, and then the finishing touches another evening; if anything this took longer to do! 

Hmmmm, me thinks I will start another one today.   (just thought - I know there is a difference between UK and US crochet terms;  I get thoroughly confused as I have a mixture of patterns from both.  So, this could be double and treble stitches, or single and double depending where you are from!).

The yarn IS beautiful.  It is sold in Turkey as a Himalaya yarn, but may well be sold elsewhere under a different brand name.  100% and available in several beautiful colour mixes; I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. 
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thick and cosy hat - my first Crafster item! on: January 14, 2008 03:34:49 PM
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Anyway - this is a hat made from beatiful 100% wool bought here in Turkey.  It's 3 strands of the same multi-coloured yarn worked together, so the finished result is extremely cosy and warm.  The top-stitch detail is worked with 6 strands.  I did work from a pattern, but have had to adapt it so much as I went along - that it is a lot different from the original.  I do love the stitch though, it looks really different and was so easy to achieve. 

I'm going to do one next in chunky chenille - I think that black, brown and cream together would work well; but I'll add more stitches in next time for a floppier effect.

Hmmm - the photos are here - but a bit hap-hazard.  No doubt I'll get the hang of it eventually. Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My newest bag on: January 13, 2008 10:26:48 AM
It looks great - and I love the fabric; what fantastic colours  Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Splenda Flavor blends and tea wallet on: January 13, 2008 10:24:42 AM
What a lovely make - and how useful!  I always carry peppermint tea in my handbag and this looks so much prettier than a little plastic tub.  Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My attempts at a Vintage-esque Cloche on: January 13, 2008 10:15:47 AM
They're wonderful!  I love the colour combinations you've chosen; all three work really well.  Smiley
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Totoros on: January 13, 2008 10:12:12 AM
These are so cute!   Cheesy
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Needlebook Wall Art - Image Heavy on: January 13, 2008 10:08:04 AM
Wow!  When you get fed up with it, I've got the perfect place for that in my kitchen  Smiley  It's lovely
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: read or die! Skateboard shelves on: January 13, 2008 10:06:14 AM
What a good idea!  I love wacky things like this - and how perfect it would be for a boy's bedroom too.  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super-bright kitchen desk! on: January 13, 2008 10:04:36 AM
It looks fantastic.  Very bright and fresh.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Bottlecap Magnets - eat your veggies! on: January 13, 2008 10:02:22 AM
I think those are lovely.  (also think eyes would spoil them)
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