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Knitted Star Wars Hat Project


I found a lovely pattern over at Ravelry for this Star Wars “The Force Awakens” hat.  I’ve not knitted in years, these days favouring my crochet!  But I thought I would give it a go and make one for my Dad for Christmas… and of course, one for myself!  Dad got a green one (not pictured) and I made myself a purple one.

I had also never knitted using circular needles, nor done any complex colour work before, so the entire thing was a bit of an experiment.  Overall, I’m really pleased with the outcome.  The pattern is free on Ravelry, so I’d recommend having a go for yourself!

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The Force Awakens hat, the finished article.  A bobble is optional (I went without!)

 

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More Baby Crochet Projects (perhaps the last for a while!)


Just a quickie this time! I’ve made quite a few presents for friends and family that have been having babies.  The latest being the cloche hats (both of which are going to the same person), so I made a complete set by making one last pair of booties.

That’s it.  No more!  By staying in and making presents, I’m missing out on a few things (not that I’m complaining, I LOVE to crochet!).  Or at least, I can make a start on some more adult-sized patterns.

Booties, hats and lots of flower motifs… collect the whole set:

My spring cloche hat project, daisy cloche hat, and matching booties. All headed to a good home.
This is the last pair for a while. I’ve made several of these now!

*phew*

Daisy crochet cloche hat


Here’s a second cloche hat, made using the V-stitch pattern from my previous (translated) post.  As before, the actual patterns for these hats are not owned by me, but by the Russian designer (who’s name I have yet to learn).

I stopped increasing a couple of rows earlier than the pattern suggests, so as to make a smaller hat more suitable for a baby.  I used a 3.5mm hook and a fine 4-ply acrylic yarn.  Finished dimensions are 16cm (6 1/4 inches) crown to brim, and 21cm (8 1/4 inches) wide (23cm; 9 inches at edge of brim).

The daisy motifs, and leaves are patterns I located via Pinterest, as before.

When positioning the motifs, I arranged them on the piece and then took a photo to remember where I put everything!  Firstly, I crochet on the “vine” background green twirls, in a (mostly) random pattern, remembering where the edges of the flowers are likely to leave spaces.  I then sewed on the leaves and then lastly the flowers, keeping in mind which edges I wanted to remain on top, to give the final pattern a bit of a 3D effect.

I plan to make one more set of the crocodile-stitch booties, using the lilac colour as the base, and then change colour when I get to the “frills”, to match the colours in this hat.  I’m rather pleased with this one.  The simpler pattern is still quite effective.

Now, my friends and family need to stop having babies, so that I can start making some adult patterns!

Spring Cloche Hat Crochet Project


Following on from my post a couple of months ago where I transcribed the cloche hat patterns. Here’s my first finished hat, ready to be wrapped up as yet another present:

Finished Spring-Time-Themed Spiral Cloche Hat
Finished Spring-Time-Themed Spiral Cloche Hat

The finished dimensions, using a 3.5mm hook and a fine 4 ply acrylic yarn, are: 27cm (10.5 inches) at the widest point (brim) and 18cm (7 inches) from top to bottom (crown to brim). I anticipate it will fit a child from about 2-4 years onwards.

The flower motifs can all be found as separate patterns saved on my pinterest board.

Here’s a closeup of the detail:

Closeup of the Flower Motif Applique
Closeup of the Flower Motif Applique

And here it is modelled by my lovely assistant – Sally Skeleton (who’s head just happens to be the right size!)

My Lovely Assistant!
Sally Skeleton – still hanging around after Halloween!

Pretty Cloche Hats Crochet Pattern


Here I present a couple of hat patterns that I have “reverse-engineered” from some photographs sourced from around the web; which were not accompanied by a workable pattern. The final patterns and measurements were derived through trial and error. All of the photos presented here (and related completed projects) are entirely my own work.

The first is a simpler uniform pattern hat, the second a more complex spiral pattern.

An example of my completed projects for each of these is presented at the end of the patterns…

For the flower motifs, I suggest you take a look at the various motif and flower patterns I have collected on my crochet pinterest board.  Pinterest is an excellent resource for patterns, if you haven’t found it already.  I also recommend the online crafting community on Ravelry for more motif patterns.

I suggest a fine cotton yarn and a 2.5 to 3.5mm crochet hook for both of these hats. DO NOT TURN at the end of each round (applies to both hats).
The instructions here are in English (UK) crochet terms.

Main stitches required:

Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Tr = treble crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Ch 1 sp = chain 1 space
Fptr = front post treble crochet (or front raised treble crochet) – work a treble crochet around the post of the stitch on the previous row.

Pattern 1 – Uniform V-Stitch Hat:

For “V stitch” (Vst) do “tr, ch 1, tr” in same stitch.

See Figure 1, below for stitch diagram.

Ch 5, sl st into 1st ch to make a loop.

Round 1:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), 1 tr, ch 1,  in the loop 11 times, sl st into 3rd chain of starting ch 4 to join.

Round 2:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), 1 tr in 1st ch 1 sp, *Vst in next ch 1 sp*, repeat from * to * 10 more times, sl st into 3rd chain of starting ch 4 to join. (12 V’s total).

Round 3:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), 1 tr in 1st ch 1 sp, Vst in space between next two tr (between 2 V’s), *Vst in next ch 1 sp, Vst between next V, Vst in next ch 1 sp*, repeat * to * 4 more times, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4 to join. (18 V’s total).

Round 4:
Ch 4, 1 tr in ch 1 sp, Vst in next ch 1 sp, Vst in next ch 1 sp, Vst in between V, *(Vst in ch 1 sp) 3 times, Vst in between V*, repeat from * to * 4 more times, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4 to join. (24 V’s total).

Round 5:
Ch 4, 1 tr in ch 1 sp, Vst in ch 1 sp, Vst in between V, *(Vst in ch 1 sp) 4 times, Vst in between V*, repeat from * to * 4 more times, (Vst in ch 1 sp) 2 times, sl st to 3rd chof starting ch 4 to join. (30 V’s total).

Round 6:
Ch 4, 1 tr in ch 1 sp, (Vst in ch 1 sp) 4 times, Vst in between V, *(Vst in ch 1 sp) 5 times, Vst in between V*, repeat from * to * 4 more times, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 4 to join. (36 V’s total).

Rounds 7 to 21 (or to desired length):
Ch 4, 1 tr in ch 1 sp, *Vst in ch 1 sp*, repeat from * to * evenly around, sl st to ch 3 of starting ch 4. (36 V’s total).

BRIM:
Rounds 22 to 23:
Dc evenly around.

Round 24:
Dc around, increase every 5th stitch.

Round 25:
Dc around, increase every 6th stitch.

Increase again as you require, then dc evenly around to the desired length of brim.

EDIT: Here’s my first completed V-stitch hat

Figure 1.  V-stitch Hat Pattern.  Note placements of increase V's.  Repeating pattern for each row is highlighted in RED.
Figure 1. V-stitch Hat Pattern. Note placements of increase V’s. Repeating pattern for each row is highlighted in RED.

Pattern 2 – Spiral Pattern Hat:

See Figure 2, below for stitch diagram and photo of my test sample.

Ch 5, sl st into 1st ch to make a loop.

Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 15 tr in loop, sl st to join. (16 tr total).

Round 2:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and ch 1), (1 tr, 1 ch in next st) 15 times, sl st to join. (16 tr and 16 ch 1 sp).

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 Fptr (Front Post Treble Crochet) around the same stitch of prev row, ch 1, *1 tr in next st, 1 Fptr around same st, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join. (32 stitches and 16 ch 1 sp).

Round 4:
Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), Fptr around next st, ch 1, *1 tr in next st, ch 1, Fptr around next st, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join.

Round 5:
Ch 3, 1 tr in same st, ch 1, Fptr around next st (around the Fptr of previous row), ch 1, *2 tr in next st, ch 1, Fptr around prev Fptr, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join.

Round 6:
Ch 3, 2 tr in next st, ch 1, Fptr around prev Fptr, ch 1, *1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, ch 1, Fptr around prev Fptr, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join.

Round 7:
Ch 3, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, ch 1, Fptr in prev Fptr, ch 1, *1 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, ch 1, Fptr around prev Fptr, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join.

Round 8:
Ch 3, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st, ch 2, skip next st, Fptr around prev Fptr, ch 2, *1 tr in 1st tr, 2 tr in 2nd tr, 1 tr in 3rd tr, ch 2 – skip 4th tr – Fptr in prev Fptr, ch 2*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to join.

Repeat Round 8 for the desired length of hat – approx 25 repeats. The pattern begins to spiral “backwards” from your starting point.

Work BRIM as for the V-stitch hat, above.

EDIT: Here’s my first completed spiral hat.

Figure 2.  Spiral Stitch Hat Pattern. KEY: Black = chains and treble crochet; Green = front post treble crochet (Fptr). Repeating pattern is highlighted in RED.
Figure 2. Spiral Stitch Hat Pattern.
KEY: Black = chains and treble crochet; Green = front post treble crochet (Fptr).
Repeating pattern is highlighted in RED.
Spiral Pattern Hat - sample crocheted with double knitting wool to see how it works.
Spiral Pattern Hat – sample crocheted with double knitting wool to see how it works.