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« on: January 07, 2007 01:52:18 PM »

Well, it's almost completed.

So I've been working on this hat--the "herringbone cloche" in the little Vogue Knitting ("on the go!") Caps & Hats Two book--for the past few weeks.  It's probably the trickiest thing I've knit...I'd managed to avoid seaming until this project, plus the pattern gets a little vague.  At first I knit the brim as directed, but it turned out ridiculously wide and floppy, so in the end I only did three sets of increase rows instead of ten, I omitted the last two rows (20 & 21) and I did p1, [p2tog] twice all the way around as I bound off.

Anyway, I had almost given up hope that it would turn out wearable, but I pinned up the back seam last night and it looks okay, doesn't it?  

I still want to put something around the pick-up line for the brim (I'm holding some black bias tape around it in the picture).  The pattern would have me weave a leather cord through the knitting and tie it in a knot on the side.  That's not quite the look I'm going for.  Do you think grosgrain ribbon would work?  Do you have any suggestions for attaching it?  Should I make a little bow out of it?  (On the side or in the back?)  Or would you just wrap a short length of ribbon around the spot where the ends of the ribbon meet?

Thank you, as always, for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007 03:35:29 PM »

Or maybe it doesn't look okay?  I don't know.

After looking at a bunch of vintage hat images, I'm thinking that if I go with the grosgrain ribbon, I should try a pretty wide one...at least an inch.

Oh, and I found the photos from the book posted here.
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007 03:41:49 PM »

I think it's really cute how it is!

A contrasting colored wide ribbon would look nice,though.

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2007 04:12:01 PM »

Very cute hat!  I don't wear hats much, but I would be tempted with this one! Great job!

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2007 05:19:30 PM »

i think the hat looks great!

 i agree that the leather cord in the pictures really is doing nothing for it.  if it were my project, i would go with grosgrain ribbon for sure, in a bright color, and probably make a small bow on the side of the hat.  maybe pink or white? 

i might buy the vogue book just to get this pattern!  Cheesy
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2007 05:55:13 PM »

Thank you so much, everyone!  I needed a little reassurance.  When I first tried it on yesterday my mom made a discouraging "hehhh" sound, but tilting the thing back on my head a little seemed to help.

When I bought my yarn (I used one skein of Cascade 220), I also got this pretty pink velvet ribbon I thought would work, but 1) somehow the contrasting color makes my head look fat (the herringbone stitch creates a pretty thick fabric, plus I think I may have left too much seam allowance when I sewed the crown together) 2) it calls attention to the fact that the brim starts in what seems like kind of a funny place to me--quite high up on the hat, and 3) after all the time I put into this, knitting and then unknitting the brim several times, I think I might be able to get more use out of it if I used a more neutral color.  Still, maybe I'll have to bring it to Joann with me and haul a bunch of different ribbons over to the mirror.

Thanks again!
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2007 06:04:44 PM »

The hat is lovely, and you look stunning in it.
I vote for a grosgrain or velvet ribbon about an inch wide, or perhaps a thin ribbon with a decorative bow or flower made from the same ribbon?

Very nice hat!
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2007 01:20:53 PM »

That's a beautiful hat. It looks wonderful on you! Remember to show us what ribbon you choose. Smiley
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007 02:32:05 PM »

Thanks!  I'm planning to go ribbon shopping tomorrow, and then I'll try to take some better pictures.
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2007 10:06:01 AM »

Show us an update please.  Kiss Kiss
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