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Topic: Crochet Tomato Hat - How can I make it into an orange?!  (Read 3507 times)
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« on: June 15, 2007 08:47:08 AM »

I don't have a pic to hand, but I've made a couple of tomato hats recently for babies, which have proved very popular with the parents. Now one of the babies has outgrown hers, and the father wants a new one, but this time he wants an orange.

Obviously, there's no difficulty in finding some orange wool! But I just wondered if anyone had any clever ideas for how I could make the stalk and leaves look more... orangey? If I do them as per the pattern (you can see one that's similar on Yarn Tomato's blog http://www.yarntomato.com/blog/2006/03/crocheted-tomato-hat.html) it will just look like an orange tomato.

Anyone got any suggestions? If I do it with just one leaf it might look a bit ridiculous: http://viewfromaloft.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/orange.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2007 10:42:34 AM »

This is how I usually draw my oranges. I'm envisioning a regular orange hat. Then chain a couple with green for the stem and make two leaves one down each side.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2007 10:43:36 AM »

Personally, I dont think it would look too bad if you made the stem very similar only make the leaves smaller because an orange has a similar stem but it's very small and the stem itself sticks out more than the little leaves. the leaves are like tiny. And if i were you I would put a leaf at the top of the stem like the giant orange picture. Hope that helps some.

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2007 10:59:31 AM »

You could put more of a "+" sign on the top and a stem, with smaller leaves. Dont oranges have the little cross at the top?

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2007 01:02:50 PM »

Yeah, oranges have a very small, relative to their size, lime green multi-pointed star-thing,, on the top, that the stem comes out of.  Just a wee smaller than the green thing on the tomato pic link, and definitely lighter colored.  Plus, it shouldn't curl up like the tomato green-thingy does.  If you get a leaf when picked,  it's usually only one,  it's darker than the star-thingy, the edges are smooth and it dangles 1/3 to 1/2 the way down the side of the orange

And the stems are usually broken from the tree a 1/4" from the orange.  A long stem might make it look like a tangerine, or an orange-colored cherry.

Maybe a little embroidered felt "sunkist" label would help, too.

Oh, and I think it would look more like an orange without a rolled brim.  That looks cute on the tomato.  Looks like it dropped and squished, but an orange wouldn't squish like that and it would work against the hats attempt to impersonate an orange.   Cheesy

Sorry if that's over kill on info.  I had no idea I had such an intimite knowledge of oranges or that it was something I was just dying to share with the first person that asked Cheesy  I wish I just had a pattern to give you!
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2007 11:34:35 AM »

maybe you could use a different stitch to give it a more bumpy texture
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007 07:17:34 AM »

God, thanks to everyone who replied to this! You're lovely. I posted it up and then totally forgot about it! I *still* haven't made the orange hat, so I will have to pull my sock up and get going or she'll be old enough to make her own soon!

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007 11:55:05 AM »

i wanted to suggest to use boucle or something like that, that might look orange-y Wink
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007 07:41:41 PM »

I know this is sort of an old post, but that tomato hat is so cute! Is there a pattern somewhere?? I'd love to make one for my baby girl. I always see knit patterns, but I don't knit, so that doesn't help me any LOL... Soooo Cute!

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2007 12:46:20 PM »

I don't see oranges with leaves. Ever.  So adding a leaf to it would make it look like a pumpkin (to me).  Maybe a brown stem from time to time... Can you make it ripple at the top towards where the stem/leaf usually are and then have it dimple at the top?  I dunno. I'm probably not the best to reply to this  Cheesy  Sorry

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