Being now officially hat mad, I have wanted to come up with more than one design for the newsboys. Some people love big and puffy, and some people prefer a more compact look. I tried making a pattern based on my existing knowledge, my (self-taught) pattern-making skills, other people’s experiments, and designs on the internet. I downloaded some free stuff (none of it turned out remotely how I wanted) and even purchased a few patterns, but again, I wasn’t finding my happy place.
Many frustrating weeks and a lot of wasted fabric later, I pitstopped for one of Jeanne’s double-shot cappuccinos (there’s some linguistic serendipity coming up here…) at Salisbury’s in Woodstock. Across the road is Sally Low’s gorgeous vintage clothes cum ceramics shop, so of course my feet naturally led me there once I’d absorbed the caffeine. I found this:
I rushed home and ripped it apart…
and cut my own pattern from it…
This cap (cap – cappuccino, get it!) has four differently-shaped panels at the back and the front is a semi-circle from brim to brim fitted with a shaped tier underneath. I learnt about inserting a short strip of elastic at the back in the seam of the lining on my search, and this works like a charm here. One or two other minor modifications, and I believe I am well satisfied.
Carol modelled the new hat in Tulbagh yesterday, where we participated in the Christmas-in-Winter festival. Happy days :-)
I was looking for a waistcoat sewing pattern at Fabric City yesterday, and something else jumped out at me from the pattern book:
I made it out of scraps because I didn’t know if I was going to like it much.
As it turns out, I love it. I can bundle my hair up inside it on a stinky hot summer’s day (like today), plus it’s cooler than a crocheted or knitted hat. Cooler temperature-wise, not fashion-wise, that is. Just to be clear. You know I think nothing is cooler than crochet!
There are gazillions of flower patterns on the internet, but I made this one up myself. However, there are only so many ways you can make a simple five-petal flower like this, so if it’s similar to anyone else’s – then, so be it!
If you make one, will you let me know if my instructions were spot-on or not? **The stitches are in British terminology.
I used DK cotton and a 4mm hook.
Ch 3, dc 10 into the first ch, sl st into beg ch3.
Round 2: Ch1, 3tr into next st, ch1. st into next st. Repeat 4 times. You should now have five petals.
Round 3: Ch1, 1dc into next st, 3htr into next st, 1dc into next st, ch1, sl st into sp between petals. Repeat this 4 times. End off and pull tight, and weave in the ends at the back.
Quickly quickly go pick up your hook and a scrap of yarn…..!!!!!!!
This took me four days longer than I’d anticipated. I hate it when life gets in the way of crochet.
The stitch is called arch mesh and I think it worked really well for this scarf, which is essentially a long, narrow triangle (150 cm wide by 28cm at the pointiest bit). I used plum in Vinni’s Nikkim cotton, and the edging (which is 3-ch picots, and I’m very chuffed with how it turned out) is aubergine.
As for the photo above – well, even picMonkey’s special touch-up tools couldn’t help me today, so thank goodness for text boxes. As I was busying myself with this post, Alex came home with her friend Jenna, so here are some more pics:
This project is going to be Kit #3, and I’ll be typing the pattern up and winding the cotton ready to send to Wichita tomorrow morning.