Next up we have the Crocheted Bulky Ski Mask. This is the fourth one I've made out of the leaflet and they've all gone pretty well. Will this go as well as the others? Let's find out.
This uses bulky yarn and a size K hook so I thought this would be pretty easy and fast to do. There is a gauge again which is awesome and I matched it with the Red Heart Gemstone I found on clearance. I used some scraps of bulky weight for the contrast colors around the face. The pattern also has three sizes and I made the small size.
This is a pretty simple pattern that's worked top down. From the picture I thought the contrast colors would only be around the eye opening but they are worked all the way around. My contrast colors were gray and a variegated reddish color. The gray kind of blends in the with the main color but the red pops out more. The only difference on the sizes for medium and large was one more round of increases at the top and a few additional rows to make it longer. I wanted to use up the rest of the scraps I had so I switched back to those for the bottom rows of the ski mask.
As this was working up I started to think that maybe the small wasn't the best choice on the size. One more round of increases would have made a little less constricting. In the photo below it looks like it fits until you notice how my nose is poking out between the stitches. This hat was very tight. Definitely a kid size. Aside from the sizing issue though this is pretty easy to make. I don't love the color of the yarn I used for the main color but it was surprisingly difficult to find bulky weight yarn that wasn't velvety or some other novelty type.
I'm giving this a 3.5 out of 5. It doesn't fit and their sizing directions don't seem like they'd make much difference between the large and the medium. It is an easy pattern and could easily be used as a starting point for anyone who wanted to adjust it to fit other sizes so it's not a total loss.
This week I have the third hat from the Leisure Arts booklet and it's a Bobble Stitch hat.
This uses 4 ounces of worsted weight yarn and two different hooks; an F and a G. This pattern also gives a gauge and once again I can get the stitch count gauge right but the row height is a little off.
I used an acrylic yarn in pink from my stash that had no label. The pattern uses the G hook for that hat part and then switches to the smaller hook for the band.
The construction of this hat is a little different than most. It's worked flat for the main part of the hat with decreases at the top. Then it's sewn together with a seam down the back. The band is worked after the seam is sewn and is just single crochet with a reverse single crochet as the border.
Like the previous hats I made from this booklet, this hat was easy to crochet, the directions were clear and easy to follow and it made a nice hat that fits. It was a construction method I haven't done for a hat and I was happy with how it worked and was super easy. I'll give this a 5 out of 5 stars. I'm pretty impressed with this booklet so far!
The second hat from the Leisure Arts Leaflet is this Winter Warmer Hat. There are two versions in the booklet. The photo for the one I made is below. The other one has the brim turned up and flowers embroidered on the brim.
This hat uses sport weight yarn and an I hook. I had some partial skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport that might not be enough on their own but I figured I could change colors at some point in the pattern if necessary.
A gauge was included again and this time it even gave instructions on how to check your gauge with a 10 row square. My gauge was fine for width again and a little off on the height.
This hat was very simple. This is worked top down and is rounds of double crochets joined with a slip stitch at the end of each round. The band is single crochet worked to a length and a reverse single crochet for edging. I ran out of the main color and did have to change colors at the end but I think that just adds a little more interest to the simple pattern.
There isn't anything wrong with this hat but it was a little bit boring to make. It's also a long hat - not surprising since the photo makes it look long. This is a good hat for beginners and the reverse single crochet at least makes it a little more interesting. I'll give it a 4.5 out 5.
In the first photo below, I'm trying to wear it like the model in the leaflet. The second photo is how I would probably wear it if I was keeping it. If anyone is interested in any hats I post, let me know and I'll give them to you for the price of postage.
For September, I'm making hats from this Leisure Arts 1978 leaflet.
This week's hat is called, Cluster Stitch Cloche. This hat is worked from the top down and has a really interesting stitch pattern. It's made with worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. The pattern includes directions for two sizes; regular and large. I made the regular size. The pattern even gives a gauge!
I had some leftover Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn and this worked fine for my gauge on the width part but I was a little big on the height part of the gauge. This should just make the hat a little taller so I wasn't worried about being a little off.
I don't have anything bad to say about this pattern. The directions were clear and the cluster stitch looks good in this pattern. I like the texture that stitch gives and the top of the hat has a bit of stretch in it from the different sections of stitches. The band is just single crochet and doesn't have as much stretch as the rest of the hat but I think using a ribbing stitch in the band would detract from the stitch pattern. Here's the finished hat.
This gets a 5 out 5. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. It's not a difficult pattern and it makes an interesting textured hat. It fits and while it isn't my style it is a nice looking hat.
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.