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« on: June 02, 2009 01:04:05 PM »

Last week I got this really stupid brilliant idea to crochet a sun hat with hemp twine.  Sheeh!  It was more than I bargained for!  The hemp twine is really stiff when crocheting and the stitches come out a bit jagged.  Normally my stitches are very even, both in size and tension, so it made me feel as though I'd never crocheted....ever! 

So my question is this: does anyone know what I can do to make the hemp twine less stiff?  AND is there another material I should use for a sun hat that will produce a stable and not very floppy hat?  I want to use it at the pool and while working in the garden.

« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009 02:02:08 PM »

i use curling ribbon.
looks like straw and
holds its shape really well.

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009 04:09:11 AM »

I too like making things with natural fibers where I can, especially if I'm going to wear it. Something about the way it sits and flows makes it very lovely. Remember that the wider your hat brim, the heavier it will be - and will be harder to make stand up.

For clothes and smaller items like that, I really do prefer cotton yarn. I think the kind I end up with is Peaches & Cream. If you want a great deal of stiffness in the final product, you can always put it over a form and either use spray starch or sugar water solution and freeze it in place that way.

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009 08:17:46 AM »

I'll try the curling ribbon.....I've got tons of it!

I did try jute and it is much softer but it was too bulky so I'll see if there's a thinner jute rope to use!

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