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Yet another hat……

It seems all I’ve been doing lately is playing with lovely mercerised cotton – specifically the Yarnart Begona – which I have to say is amazing to work with!

After that hat, and then the other hat, I decided to play with the brim yet again.  In the original wonderful pictures of the hats, and everything that goes with them in Russian, the more open weave hats have a different more open weave brim….. which stands up nicely.  So I watched a Youtube video in Russian, and thought – hey I can do that……  So this is my attempt (There is also a free version of the hat pattern by a different designer on Ravelry – called a Summer Cloche by Luba Davies – who has written it up in a much nicer form than I have)!

I can say it’s been a bit of an up and down experience.  I thought I had it sussed – with the help of this………… but it wasn’t meant to be!

So the start of the hat – its found here in the diagram form

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So – sat in a soft play centre on Mothers day, crochet hook (2.5mm), yarn, scissors and marker – I started…

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IMG_0301A simple start like a normal hat of chain 6, slip stitch over, and then as doing double crochets (USA terms), chain 4 (this counts as the first DC).

DC into the ring, chain 1.  repeat this until you have 12 DC ( 11 plus the chain 4).

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From this point on – everything is worked in a V-Stitch.

V-Stitch (VS) = DC, CH1, DC.  (First V stitch of the round is chain4, DC)

Round 2:  1 V-Stitch in each gap then SS into the CH3. = 12 VS

IMG_0303Then – just think of this like any other hat you’d make……. but using V Stitches:

Round 3: 2 VS in each VS

Round 4: 2VS in 1st VS, 1 VS in next (then 2VS, 1 VS in next)

Round 5: 2VS in 1st VS, 1 VS in next 2 VS all the way round

Round 5: 2VS in 1st VS, 1 VS in next 3VS  all the way round

2 VS in 1st stitch, 1 VS in the next(increase the numbers) , etc etc – until you get to the correct diameter for a hat, then just stop increasing and work down to the desired length.

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This one I stopped here – 13cm – it fits my 4 year old (who’s tiny).

One more round took me to 16cm – which fits me as an adult when stretched, but loosely on my daughter!

Then it just gets longer and longer….

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As a speed gauge – I managed this in about 1.5 hours, minus trips up and down in the soft plat for food, drinks etc.

When I got to the length I needed – it was time for the brim (this time done in the local hospital with my daughter!)

Brim row 1 – 1 SC in every stitch (so 3 per V stitch).

Brim row 2 (on my hat in pink), 1 SC in each stitch

Brim row 3- 2SC in first stitch, then 1 SC in next 2 stitches and repeat (just realised my photo shows one in each stitch on this row – but I unpicked this)

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Row 4 – Chain 4, skip a stitch, DC in the next stitch, *CH1, skips stitch DC in next stitch* all the way round.  (This then gives you the holes to do the V Stitches)

IMG_0188-2Brim – Row 5 – V stitch in each gap.

I continued this until I had 5 rows of V stitches.

(This is the bit of the pattern that didn’t work…………. but I thought I’d show my disasters with you)

So in the Russian video they use strengthening wire – or in my case – Strimmer cord………

IMG_0198My word – it was bendy – basically I had to try and hold it straight it and single crochet around it….

IMG_0201I stuck with it……. it seemed to take forever and took a lot of concentration

IMG_0253Then would you believe it…..IMG_0254It wouldn’t sit nice and straight!  I sat books on the sides for 48 hours, which made it a bit better.

IMG_0620But to be honest – it looked awful……

IMG_0316So this happened…… and boy did it feel good.  Orange cord discarded, and it all unpicked.

So the last row of the pattern now will read:

Change to pink again – and SC all the way round!

IMG_0674I still need to do some flowers and leaves to pretty it up – but here is my model displaying the hat (and her epiglottis) to the best of her ability!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my hat journeys, more to follow soon.

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