I haven't done any updates on the pattern because it's written exactly how I made the one in the photo. And though some people have to make adjustments to fit their own heads, it comes out just right for others. I think it's a case of varying head sizes or gauges, not so much pattern errors.
But it is quite simple to fiddle around with so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting the right size. Depending on the head size, you might try leaving out the last solid increase round. That will definately make it smaller in diameter. But the pattern stitch is forgiving, and will fit smaller or larger heads because it's stretchy. Fewer rows in the lacey pattern before ending may be the only adjustment needed for a girls size, as that will adjust the length of the hat.
Thanks you guys! These are all really great solutions. Zaemunda, I actually had a dream the other day about the shaped waistband. I'm glad to know that it works before I try it. I have a sheet here from the goodwill that's just waiting to become a nice circle skirt for me. Do you think there will be a problem with the extreme angle my butt takes after it leaves my waist? Maybe I should use a knit fabric for the waistband. I'm unsure on how that would work.
Hollow Shel, for the drindl skirt with the border, one thing you can do is tie a string tightly around your waist, with the skirt under the sting, and adjust until it's the height you want and all is level with the hem, then use a marking pen or chalk and mark around the waist string. Use this mark to cut the waistline on the skirt. Voila, no cutting of pretty border.
Okay, my ba-da-ka-dunk butt isn't a problem in its self. If fact, I kinda like it, and I know for sure that my hubby's a fan. So, if she's not trying to dump the junk in the trunk, what is the problem? Well you may ask, gentle reader. Here's the problem:
My skirts are always about 2-4 inches shorter in the back. And with a normal skirt that I'm just going to mark and hem normally anyway, that doesn't matter so much. But does anyone have any thoughts on how to engineer a circle skirt to be longer in the back than in the front WHILE you're cutting it?
I do have some pictures, but as the fabric I used for my test skirt was only 45" wide, they're indecent. But you can imagine it. Cute flirty circle skirt... hiked up in the back about three inches higher than the front.
I would suggest constructing the lining with the machine and then sewing it into the purse by hand. You would press down a hem along the top edge, and then slip stich the fabric to the crochet. Use a fine needle and sewing thread, and don't bring the thread all the way out to the outside of the crochet, pass the needle and thread through the middle of the crochet, like when you bury yarn ends.
Jp, It's really easy to travel with. At most you have two shuttles of thread wound up, and the knots are made on your hands, no pins or boards or safety pinning to you jeans (like we used to do for friendship bracelets, lol).
Susie, My cross is shuttle tatted. The ring parts are made using just the shuttle, and the chain parts are made using the shuttle and the thread running from the original ball. Most things like that are made with a shuttle and a ball. Two shuttles are mostly for multicolored work.
Needle tatting is a way of making the knots on a long needle first, then sliding them all off and onto the base thread to make your rings and chains. I've never really had any interest to learn it, because I'm so happy with the movement of using the shuttle.
Thanks so much all of you! I'm glad you like it... I was glad that it ended up being a pattern that beginners can use and experienced crocheters enjoy as well. Every crafter needs some good go to patterns around, and I'm honored that this has become that for some of you.
I did edit the original post because I've moved the pattern to give it it's own page on my site. I think that'll make it easier for those wishing to print it. The pattern can be found (still free!) at this link: http://www.beppycat.com/Flapper%20Hat%20Pattern
You'd like a tutorial for tracing a ready made shirt? It's fairly straight forward, but I'd be happy to take some pictures when I get a chance. In the meantime, if you'd like some good info while waiting for me to do that, there's a book called Sewing with Knits by Connie Long http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1561583111/sr=8-1/qid=1142617150/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-4288787-0976868?%5Fencoding=UTF8 that has really good tips on making patterns from ready made things. And it's a great book for inspiration, because, really, knits are what we're most comfortable in for casual wear anyway, right?
What about something like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51616.0 The way she's wearing them in the last picture? I think that would look especially good with that kind of dress. They are crocheted there, but I don't think it would be too much of a challenge to adapt that for a knit fabric.