This week's hat is one I really looked forward to making because the photos in Workbasket Magazine were pretty awesome. The good news is that the hat is done. The bad news is that I can't find the Workbasket Magazine with the pattern so I can't show you the rest of the Daisy patterns.
This hat used worsted weight yarn and it came along with a set of patterns based around this daisy pattern.
The patterns included; the hat, an afghan, a sweater and leg warmers.
The hat is made as a regular hat and then the daisy pieces are sewn on. It's hard to tell but they have you put a little stuffing under the center piece. There's a shell stitch border on the hat too.
It's...a little big. It's very loose on my head and feels like a mushroom out of Mario Bros. The applique is thick and I'm not sure what the purpose of stuffing the daisy center on the hat is.
I left the ends unfinished so I could take it out and turn it into a bag or something a little more useful than a giant mushroom hat.
I can't really rate this one since I don't have the instructions anymore but based on fit I guess I'd give it a 3 out of 5.
Next week I'll have the May patterns! If I find that missing magazine I'll share those photos too.
This week's pattern is from Workbasket Magazine, April 1965. It's the first pattern that isn't a hat. This time we have a headband.
This pattern calls for Coats & Clark's 3-ply Red heart Nylon yarn and a size OO steel crochet hook. The yarn is held double for the whole pattern. The pattern does give a gauge and I got the gauge right with a size E hook and 2 strands of the Plymouth Jeanie DK held together.
The headband is done in a puff stitch around a center row with increases at the end and it alternates rows of puff stitches and single crochets, ending up with four rounds of each. When I got to round 6 of the headband I held it up and it was already too big and yet the gauge was still right on. I decided to stop with the main pattern stitch there so it would be wearable for someone. There was still a picot stitch to do as a border but doing that stitch while holding the yarn doubled was annoying so I gave up on that and finished it with a crab stitch instead. This is what the original picot stitch looks like.
And here is the finished headband that doesn't fit.
I'm giving this 2 out of 5 stars. It's unlikely to fit anyone as written. I think that this could work if it was just one strand and the hook is dropped down a size.
Friends suggested it could be a belt so maybe this has other uses instead of a headband.
Next week I have a really fun, springy hat pattern that I wanted to try as soon as I saw it on the cover of the Workbasket Magazine. I'll tell you now, it failed spectacularly!
The first April hat is from Workbasket Magazine, April 1976 issue. I had high hopes for this hat based on the photo. It looked like it was a fairly simple pattern and hard to screw up. It says it has stretchability and will fit a small size in an adult.
I used Big Twist worsted weight yarn and G hook. The pattern did not give a gauge. This starts out with a granny square for the top and then works down. What could possibly go wrong?
The first photo shows the hat through round 3. The second photo shows round 4. The pattern wants you to dc in each dc around and do 6 dc in each chain 2 space. Round 3 has a lot of chain 2 spaces. If you put 6 dc in each one you get the second photo and that would make a very big hat.
By looking really closely at the picture I figured out that they really mean just the corner chain 2. Now it looks better. This photo is through round 5.
After repeating round five 10 more times and adding a couple rows of dc and a little shell stitch you get an ok hat. I think this would be better in something other than acrylic though.
It fits and I figured it out but I'm giving it a 3 out 5 because the directions have a mistake in them that beginners would struggle with. If you make this hat remember that round 4 is wrong.
Next week I have a headband instead of a hat! I'm sure that will work out perfectly right?
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.