Rainy day with the kids home so I got this experiment hat done, yay!
Loosely followed a straw hat pattern I found this summer. It is all single crochet but on the back loops only so it gives it a nice line and texture. I added about 10 rows and the ending brim circumference is about 20 stitches wider. I sort of felt like I could just keep going and going and make this impossibly wide brim but maybe some other time.
Basically this was my test to recreate my favorite summer hat, but in a winter version, i.e. with medium weight cheap acrylic yarn as opposed to lighter weight raffia. The pattern actually says to go back over it with a second layer of slip stitches, but honestly I'm tired of working on this... and after trying it out for about 20 slip stitches, I think it would be too time consuming and result in a hat that was too heavy/bulky with this yarn.
I like how it is foldable/rolly right now and it might be too stiff to do that if I went over it with slip stitches.
Right now I'm working on contrast color flower embellishments (similar to last post) to pin up the brim with.
The world of possibilities with crochet just got a LOT bigger for me with this little project. I love when that happens. I mean it basically just breaks down into knowing the dimensions of certain stitches and then multiplying it by however small or big you need a shape or plane to be.
You should see the chicken scratched long division I did in order to customize this pattern. Too funny. Plus you can use dumbed down common core "new math" too and sort of just fudge / round-up a few stitches here and there if you need to. Crochet is very logical and orderly but can be really freeform and organic too if you want.
Now I gotta go boil some eggs to make a bakers dozen of deviled ones for tomorrow's feast. Not quite as fun as making a hat, but at least I'll be up off my ass for a while.