For this week's pattern, I pulled out one of the Learn to Crochet books. This one is from 1974 and has a dozen or so patterns in it with the Cloche being the very last one in the book.
This pattern uses 3 ounces of worsted weight yarn, a size I hook, 3/4 yard of round elastic.
I had some leftover worsted weight Lion Brand Heartland in the color Hot Springs (aka purple) but I didn't have 3 ounces. I had about 2 ounces. I've found that a lot of patterns will give the amount needed as a full skein even if you don't use the full skein. The hat seemed pretty open so I was skeptical that I'd really need 3 ounces.
The pattern gives a gauge that I matched so I started. It's worked in the round starting at the top. About half way through the hat I realized two things; I was not going to have enough yarn to do that hat as written and, I didn't want to do the hat as written. It was already close to the right size and since I wasn't going to have enough yarn I decided to cut it from 20 rounds to 15.
The last step tells you to hold the elastic along the top of the last round and work over it. What it doesn't tell you is to measure it around your head and tie the ends together at some point. Maybe that's obvious but this is a beginners book and I think they should be a little more specific in their instructions.
I'm giving this a 3.5 out of 5. If I'd done all of the rows it would have been pretty slouchy. Even though I made the elastic shorter it's still kind of loose around my head. The directions could have been a little clearer for the finishing. It mostly fits.
For November, I'm going to pull from a couple of different booklets. The first one is from 1970 and has some interesting patterns....
This week's hat comes from the October 1979 issue of Workbasket Magazine. It is one of five crochet patterns in the issue. The others are a cardigan, a hair-pin lace afghan, a hexagon pan holder and a disco bag.
Sidebar: I saw the disco bag listed in the contents and thought, "Interesting! What makes it a disco bag? Is it sparkly or colorful?". It is none of these things unless you decide to make it that way. It's just a regular flap purse made out of regular chenille yarn. I guess that would make it soft and fluffy but that doesn't seem very "disco".
The Shell Stitch hat uses a size H hook and sport weight yarn. I used some leftover Master Knit Lucero in gray and Premier Yarns Everyday Baby in blue. Both are super soft yarns.
There is a gauge given and I was close enough to it that I felt fine going on with the pattern. This is another pattern that's worked side to side and then sewn together and gathered at the top. This type of construction worked pretty well for the stripes. I was able to carry the yarn up the sides and hid it in the seam which meant fewer ends to sew in. Any ends I had left on the sides were used to make the seam the same color as the stripe.
The instructions were pretty simple and easy to follow. I didn't quite understand why there are fancy stripes that are then folded over so you can't see them. Why is there even a fold? Here is the finished hat, with it folded up and a side view without the fold.
I'm going to give this a 5 out of 5. It fits, the directions are clear and you have the option of wearing it folded up or a little slouchy.
Last month I did the "Bulky Crocheted Ski Mask" and it was very very tight on me. I thought I'd try another ski mask pattern in the leaflet to see if I could get a better result. This is called "Crocheted Ski Mask or Cuffed Hat" and uses four ounces of worsted weight yarn and J hook.
It has a gauge that I was a little short on and instead of using a bigger hook I decided to make the large size.
This worked fine. It's a very simple (boring) pattern that's done top down and has no decreases at the bottom. You can see in the photo that it just goes straight down. I don't have a problem with that but if you don't add a scarf the wind could easily blow right up the bottom of the mask. I used one of my favorite discontinued yarns; Deborah Norville Premier in a color that comes pretty close to the one in the leaflet.
I'll give this a 4.5 out of 5 just because it's so open at the bottom I'm not sure it how it work in it's ski mask form.
What should I do for 2023?
There are only a couple of months left of the year and I'm starting to think about what I should do next year for this blog. 2022 was the year of the hat. What should 2023 be? I could just keep doing hats. I don't have a shortage of vintage hat patterns. I thought about doing bags, purses, tote bags, etc. I don't know if I could do one a week though. Potholders? I have tons of patterns for potholders. Let me know if you have ideas!
This is the sixth pattern from the Leisure Arts booklet, "Caps, Hats and Helmets". This time it's not a cap, hat or helmet though; it's a headband. It uses Afghan aka Tunisian stitch. I think this is the second project I've finished with this technique.
The pattern uses 1 ounce of sport weight yarn and a size G aghan hook and regular hook. This was a great project for some smaller leftover yarn and I had the perfect yarn for this. I forgot to take a photo but it's Knitting Fever Painted Mist in the color Cirque Mystique. I used most of it for this cowl:
The pattern used a slight variation on a basic afghan stitch where it increased on one side and decreased on the other. This gives the finished headband it a bias cut look. I didn't have a size G tunisian hook so I just used a regular G hook and this worked fine. The headband isn't wide enough to need the longer hook.
The instructions were easy to follow and didn't make me look up how to do the stitch. They included photos of the different steps to make it even easier. This is a great pattern for someone who is a beginner to tunisian crochet like me. It's worked as a long rectangle that's sewed up in the back and then an edging is added. I made this headband in just a couple of hours.
Headbands aren't something I would usually wear. They tend to slide right up my head and look ridiculous but I do love how the yarn did some self striping on this pattern. I'm giving this a 5 out of 5. The pattern is well written for beginners. It's fast and it fits!
October Workbasket Magazines (at least the ones I have) were surprisingly light on hat patterns. The patterns they did have were ones that seemed really boring or were for babies so I decided I would just keep on making the hats in the same booklet I used for September.
This week we have the Crocheted Hat with Earflaps. This is the fifth one out of the book. The first three scored high but last weeks ski-mask let me down a little. This week's hat is a little more complicated but not over the top difficult.
This pattern uses worsted weight yarn in three colors. The pattern gives the amount you need as weights: one ounce of gray and a half ounce each of rust and ecru. I weighed some scraps I had to make sure I had enough of each color. I used sky blue instead of gray, dark blue instead of rust and cream for the last color. I matched the gauge given with the recommended G hook.
This is worked top down with the edging done at the end and the (short) ties done separately.
Overall I didn't think this was a difficult pattern but I had few problems. I know I should over estimate the yarn I need but they gave such specific amounts and I wanted to trust them but I ran out of cream yarn so one of the earflaps has a slightly different cream color.
The next problem is the fit. This was really tight on my head and if I pulled it down to try to mimic the leaflet photo it completely covered my eyes. If I left it above my eyes like the photos below there was a lot of extra space on top of my head. I'm not wearing my glasses in the photo and it isn't because I thought it would look better; it's because I couldn't get them on under the hat.
If you look at the magazine photo at the top of the post, it looks like the ear flaps are really far forward and I wondered if they were really covering her ears. The ear flaps are equidistant from each other and probably should have had a little more space in the front. The hat also looks like there's space on top of the model's head too.
I actually tried to pull it down to be more like the magazine photo and the ties broke off. The ties were done separately and then sewed on with the yarn and I didn't do a great job of getting them secured. That was the last straw on this hat. It went straight into the garbage.
I'm giving this 1 out of 5 stars. The directions were fine but it doesn't fit. The fit is a little odd in general and their estimate of the yarn required is a little off in the wrong direction.
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.