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lenagogan
« on: July 28, 2004 12:31:57 AM »

This is my first project... I don't really have any formal crochet training although I'm a pretty decent knitter. And I just made it up as I went along. I can't complain about the end results.
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cliodna00
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2004 03:58:45 PM »

i really like it!  Cheesy  do you think you could post a pattern?
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2004 04:52:08 PM »

thats so cute!
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2004 10:32:23 PM »

Er... I kinda made it up as I went along. Basically what I did is I used single, double and treble crochet to make the hat. I started off by making a chain of six stitches, and then worked off of that, putting enough stitches in to make a round, basically flat disk. That means that for each stitch in the previous concentric circle, I was putting in 2-3 more stitches to keep it flat (a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio; think pi=3.14). Once it fit over the crown of my head (it looked like a big pancake sitting on top), I started to shape it inwards, by a. making the stitch ratio smaller (1:1 stitch or 1:2 stitches for each larger circle) and b. using single stitch in the front, double on the sides and treble in the back. That allows the back to grow significantly in proportion to the front and sides (you can kinda see that in the first photo). I then started doing one stitch for every one or two stitches (1:1 or 2:1), while continuing to allow the back to grow longer than the front. I tried it on a lot at this point, as it needed to fall properly on my head while not being too loose/tight. When I was getting towards the end, instead of doing single crochet in the front of the hat, I changed dramatically and started doing double crochet at a 1:3 ratio to make the brim. I made the top brim wide enough after two turns. The next time around, I single crocheted onto the bottom inside of the brim, and then used that to create a duplicate bottom brim underneath that. I inserted some cardboard shaped in a semi-moon between the two, and single crocheted the two pieces together and tucked in all the ends.

My issues with making it were:
1. Proper shaping. I ripped out a lot of stitches
2. Folds in the hat. At one point it looked like it had ears. To remedy that, I used less stitches in areas that were looser (to tighten them up and make them fold), and added more stitches in areas that were more folded, to maintain shape/allow the other areas to pull in.
3. At one point I ironed down the hat when it was still a basically flat object. I would do it in wool/something that can be blocked, because this hat has a lot of silly mistakes in it, but they are barely noticeable, because it can stretch to make them less apparent.

Otherwise it was very easy. I did it over three nights, and I've only taught myself how to crochet over two separate nights before that. If you end up making it and need help with understanding the instructions/whatever, drop me a line. Smiley
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