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gaylefrancis
« on: December 04, 2013 10:19:07 AM »



The hat, in all its finished glory. Please ignore my creeper eyebrows; they just do that sometimes.

So, this hat came together because I wanted to practice the basketweave stitch and some basic front post and back post stitches. It was originally going to grow up a be a scarf, so it started as a flat object:



And then I got impatient, as sometimes happens, and I was right at the point where the strip would wrap around my head comfortably, so I pulled the short ends together and slip stitched them to make a circle:



It looks like it Im working unevenly, but that was just how the fabric was curling as I was working mixed with my questionable photography skills. I matched it up end-to-end repeatedly to make certain the seam was straight.

Once I was certain the seam was straight (only had to backtrack twice!), I did a chain one at the top of the seam and started double crocheting in the side of the stitches that made up the brim:



Ive done this sort of style a few different times. I like it because it allows me to make a really interesting brim and throw a nice, simple stitch on the crown of the hat without having to work in the round the whole time. My best piece of advice, if youre working like this, is to remember that even when working with taller stitches like double crochets, you still only need one stitch per side stitch to keep your work evenly shaped. It can be tempting (as Ive learned through practice) to worry that youre not going to have enough stitches and add in extras that end up giving you a lumpy hat.

Anyway, thats my tip. Back to the fun stuff!

So, I worked my way around, and I put post stitches every six stitches because I knew it would give me even distribution even with turning. I alternated between front post and back post stitches every round:



You can see how nicely the front and back post stitches stand out against the fabric and how they give the crown a nice pop of interest. Im actually really fond of how the decreases turned out at the top because I kept doing post stitches until I just couldnt anymore, and I got a nice, gathered look:



As soon as I saw it from the top, I realized it would have made a really great spider hat, but thats a project for another time.

I like how this came out, but Ive got some notes to sharpen up the overall look. I think the brim sections where I alternate between basketweave and post stitches are all a little too long, so Id like to shorten them, and Id also like to try this pattern with a few different yarns, just to see how the fit varies. Its a good thing its cold out. Everyone I know right now is scrambling for hats.

Let me know if you have any questions. I think this one might become a pattern, so knowing if theres stuff that needs explained is always good.
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