I wanted my own 20's style flapper hat, but most of the flapper hat patterns I could find online didn't have the distinctive bell shape of the classic cloche. So I improvised my own pattern, and I am really happy with the result. (Well, with version three and somewhat with two. Version one I'm not posting about.
This one is my favourite. I made it with two strands of yarn held together, one of Lion Brand wool in grey and one of Paton's Decor in pale aubergine. I really like the vintage, pink-grey heathered effect these yarns gave me. The ribbon's off an old top or something - the colour just happened to match.
This is my previous version, in Paton's Decor Aubergine and Red Heart black. I think it needs something - a flower or maybe a band, any thoughts?
(Forgive the slightly worried look, really I'm ok.)
Ok, here are basic instructions.
I used two strands of worsted weight yarn held together and a 6.0mm (J) hook.
Gauge: first two rounds in dc creates a circle about 2.5" (6 cm) in diameter. I crochet fairly tightly, so some people might go down a hook size to get this.
For the first six rows, I followed Yarncat's Basic Crown instructions here: http://www.yarncat.com/MFH-Basic-Crown.html
For the grey hat, I did row 7 as dc each stitch around, as I have a rather small head. The other one I made a little larger: dc in 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around.
Row 8 - 11: dc in each stitch around.
Row 12: dc in 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around
Row 13: dc in each stitch around
Row 14: dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around
Row 15: sc around. (I did this with two strands of one colour to give a nice edge.)
If anyone tries this, let me know if they have any problems or questions - I've never written a pattern down before.