A couple of weeks ago I indulged in a copy of Simply Crochet (issue 17). I really enjoy browsing through the patterns and yarny info in crochet magazines. This one is expensive, being imported from the UK, so buying for myself it was quite a treat. And see the pretty hat? It really took my fancy!
Just before we get to the hat though, I want to add that even the advertisements in this magazine are a sight to behold - for example, I am IN LOVE with the gorgeous tea cosy in this Stylecraft ad and have been thinking about buying the pattern online.
Anyway, back to the hat . . .
Most of the yarns prescribed in overseas patterns are either unavailable or hard to find here, so I am getting pretty adept at substituting yarn (with help from Ravelry's yarn conversion tables). This pattern requires 8 ply cotton, which I just happened to have in my stash - yay!
On looking at the pattern more closely I was initially a bit disconcerted about the instruction to crochet three strands together (and four strands together for the brim). Still, I was not to be put off - I simply had to get my yarn into separate balls before I started.
It really didn't take very long to get going.
An hour or two later I was up to the brim . . .
. . . and voila - I finished the hat this afternoon!
Here's my daughter modelling it for me. I think it looks lovely on her - very jaunty!