About the pattern:
The hat is made with 5 motifs that are sewn together into a circle. Then the crown is made along with some border work for the brim. Wire is added and crocheted over to connect the top and the sides.
I used a heavy worsted acrylic yarn so I made sure to check my gauge. The hat still ended up bigger than I thought it would.
How it went:
This was fairly easy to make with just one section in the instructions I didn’t quite understand.
The gauge says that each motif is 4 ¼ inches. On my first try with the recommended H hook it was a little too big so I dropped down a size to a size 7. An H hook is 5 mm and a 7 is 4.5 mm. This worked perfectly.
The crown is just a circle so that was easy to make and again the diameter seemed to be fine at 6 ½ inches.
Then the pattern tells you to make a border with one row in the back loops and another 6 rounds in both loops and then cut the thread. Then, “Finish other edge in the same manner, do not cut yarn at end of last rnd.” Assuming the other edge is the top of the hat, 7 more rounds seemed like a lot and it didn’t look like they’d done that in the photo. My interpretation of this was to do one round in the back loops on the top and then finish according to the rest of the directions by crocheting over the wire and into the crown and the last row finished. Five rounds of the seven rounds on the edge get turned under and sewn down to form the brim. Using the hat wire wasn't difficult at all so there may be more projects with wire in the future.
This was fairly easy but it seems really tall. It would hold a lot of pills though!
Maybe it should be a bowl instead?
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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.