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Soft Hat Remade

My mom originally made this hat, but it came out way too big, so I pulled most of it out and remade it smaller, so that it would fit Judy, whose head is extra-small. (It’s good to know the head size first sometimes. Oh well.) It’s made of a super soft brushed-cotton thread.

mom's hat 2 mom's hat 1

It consists of a lopsided shell stitch, and it’s made in rows that go back and forth, instead of in a consistent spiral like most are. So it has a nice texture and no right or wrong side.

No Metallic Thread Against Skin

I have this lovely mohair yarn with a metallic thread in it, and I paired it with a chenille yarn and blithely made a simple scarf with it. I have no idea why it didn’t occur to me until I was two-thirds of the way done with it, that metallic thread against the skin would be akin to a torture device, and neither I nor anyone I know would ever wear such a thing for more than 2 minutes, and never again after that. (The scarf got pulled out.)

The Lesson: Never use metallic threaded yarn for anything meant to be worn against the skin.

Dense Ridged Nut Hat

Yarn: Lion Brand: Chunky Wool-Ease (Acrylic 80%, Wool 20% – washable)
Colors: Walnut, Charcoal, and Natural
Hook: I (5.5 mm)

My own design. Which means I tore it out several times before I had the right hook and number of stitches. That’s the way it goes.

I wanted to make a hat that was very dense and warm. I find that most people I know don’t put a hat on unless it’s really cold, and at that point a light weight hat is pointless. Especcially men. This hat is great for the men-folk.

Another thing I tackled here was starting the ridges right up at the top. Last year I did a ridged hat, but the ridges didn’t begin until I was done with the crown. Here I was able to work out the numbers and start the ridges in the second, third and fourth rows. I think it looks great.

Super Chunky Ridged Hats

Yarn: Lion Brand: Thick & Quick Chenille (Dark “Claret” red one is Thick & Quick Wool-Ease)
Hook Size: M/9 mm
Lesson: If you want it to be denser, look at the packaging for the recommended hook size and then take that down 2 sizes. (Recommended hook for this yarn was P.) It still looks great, and it makes for a much warmer hat.

Given as gifts for Xmess (to 5 people. The fifth being another in the purple chenille):

Long Fingerless Gloves for Me

These gloves are my own design from start to finish. I have a new book of 300 Crochet Stitches. This is where I found the stitches I used here (specifically, the Spike CLuster Stitch is on page 35.). I really like this book for design reference.

They are made with bamboo yarn, which is very soft stuff. The downside of this yarn is that it is made up of a cluster of very thin threads (like sewing thread) that separate easily. You have to be careful not to poke your hook into the middle of the yarn. When you do, single threads get pulled and it looks very messy. Just about the only thing to do to fix it, is to pull your work out to the point where the problem is and rework it.

As before, I have to say that these were made very specifically for my tiny little hands, and you will have to be able to measure yourself and gauge it up as needed.

The Pattern
Yarn: bamboo, 2 skeins navy, 1 skein white (50 grams ea skein)
Hook: H/5 mm

Start with navy yarn, ch 30, join to form ring.
Row 1: ch 1, sc in first and in ea ch around to end, join to first st with sl st. (30 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first st and in ea st around to the end, join to first st with sl st. (30 sc)
Row 3: repeat row 2
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 2
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