Added May 1, 2011
London, United K...
This is another experiment from Jane Waller’s 1972 book of old magazine patterns, A Stitch in Time= All the crochet hats in this book are worked in double crochet with relatively heavy wool (the original was typically 4-ply, in an era when most jumpers were made in 2- or 3-ply) on a fine hook, producing a dense, felt-like fabric which is surprisingly appropriate for hat making.
This was my first attempt at a hat with a brim. I used plastic-coated garden wire as a substitute for millinery wire, and simply worked two double crochet into each stitch along the edge over the wire, which produced a very satisfying stiff brim.
The main body of the hat is worked in the round, in rose stitch, while the brim is worked backwards and forwards by turning, producing a more ridged effect below the band. The ends of the brim are turned up and sewn to the crown and the ribbon threaded through them before being tied in a bow at the back. The shaping of the ‘rim’ to the crown is produced by working an extra loop of stitches on either side after working the flat top, then sewing up this ‘pleat’ after working down the sides of the hat.
As you can see, the colour of the wool I was using varied, producing pale bands at intervals. I saved the palest section for doing the flowers, which are worked as ovals of varying height stitches and then sewn around the front of the ribbon to trim the hat; it took about ten minutes to finish off the ends and attach each individual flower – never mind the time it took to make them!
I am quite pleased with the finished result, but unfortunately it doesn’t suit my hair/colouring at all (the original was in two tones of grey, rather than green-blue, which might have matched better), so I shall have to try to find someone to buy a home-made hat….
Lightweight double-knitting (it’s actually in a wavy texture with a shiny thread running through it, but the size of the stitches is so small that you can’t really tell – it doesn’t matter, I was just looking for a project to use up this quantity of scrap wool) with a 2.5mm crochet hook. Gardening wire for the brim. A length of ribbon to trim, and wool in a toning colour for the flowers.
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