FO Report: Going in Circles Hat

Going in Circles Hat, Completed

Going in Circles Hat, Completed

Project Name: Going in Circles Hat
Source: My Own Improvisation
Yarn Used: Vanna’s Choice Worsted
Needle Size: G,E crochet Hooks
Date Started: January 20, 2012
Date Completed: February 18, 2012

Notes:
It took me something like 10 years, but I finally created the hat I’ve been seeing in my head all that time. I once bought a hat at a craft fair. It was simple, crocheted with basic acrylic yarn. At the time I hadn’t yet discovered any other fiber so this didn’t seem unusual to me. What I liked about the hat was its shape, and how it was stiff enough to hold its shape, despite ridiculous amounts of abuse and years of being balled up in the hat and scarf box at the bottom of the coat closet.

I tried, over the years, to emulate that hat, but never succeeded. Until now. It is crocheted, with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, with a hook I would normally have used for only one strand of that same yarn. It was hard on my hands, but my goal was to create stitches so stiff that the hat would hold its shape on its own. And I did it.

My mother-in-law chose the velvet ribbon and flower bow and helped me by sewing them on. For that I am grateful, because I am so terrible at sewing!

And now I am making a second one, so I can be sure that the idea for this hat wasn’t luck, but logic, so that I can write up the recipe and share it. Look for that soon, I hope. (Yes, it’s a recipe and not a true pattern; I made it up as I went and can be made to fit by taking measurements and then crocheting until the right size has been achieved. Therefore, a typical pattern with exact sizing and numbers of rounds and stitches just won’t work in this case.

Either way, stay tuned. It’ll be soon.

Bye for now!

More Fun with Hats

Well, I’m enjoying working on hats so much that I’ve decided to do another:

Going in Circles Hat, the second

Going in Circles Hat, the second

This one is coming out better because I put markers into the circle very early on, ensuring that it was symmetrical. When it’s done this time, I’ll definitely be posting my “recipe” for this hat. It’s not really a pattern per se, because how many stitches, how wide one makes it, and how deep, etc., will depend largely on the size of the intended wearer’s head. But when the time comes, I’ll be explaining all that. So, stay tuned, and I’ll be crocheting happily for just a while longer.

Bye for now!

Hat Progress

I’m tired tonight, but I wanted to pop in quickly and show you what my blasted crocheted circle is growing up to be:

Hat in Progress

Hat in Progress

I’m so happy so far. I love the shape, and I love that I made it big enough and deep enough to go down over my ears. I’m working on the brim now, and hope to be done by the end of the week. I am determined that 2012 is going to be a good year for finished projects. And I’m almost there with 2012 No. 1!

See you soon.

Going in Circles

crocheted circle in progress

crocheted circle in progress

Back before I was a knitter, I once attended a craft fair with my mom. There was a lady there who was selling crocheted hats. I bought this adorable little bowler style hat, with the idea in mind that I would replicate it. It’s sadly misshapen these days, but I still love it. In concept, it’s one of my favorites.

Sadly, not long after this, I stopped crocheting in favor of knitting. I had hurt my hands badly with the twisting motion of crochet, and learned to knit instead. But for some reason, the desire to crochet has never left me. I’ve been trying multiple styles of “ergonomic” crochet hooks, and I’m finding that I can crochet, as long as I only do it in short bursts and take frequent breaks. So, yay for that!

The original hat starts with a circle. Easy enough, right? Apparently that part of crochet wasn’t coming back to me so easily. I don’t know how many times I started this project, over and over, but the counts were wrong. Now, they’re finally on track. So, I think I’m on my way!

The other thing about the original hat was that it was made from cheap acrylic yarn, held doubled, on a hook much smaller than usually required for that thickness of yarn. This is critical for the hat to keep it’s well-defined shape. So I’m using a worsted acrylic, double-stranded, on a size G hook. This hat will be able to stand up on its own.

So, what you’re seeing here is just a beginning. But, I think I’m on my way. Hopefully this won’t take long! I want to wear this hat THIS winter. Wish me luck!