The first issue of The Crochet Project is here! And it's lovely :) I especially love the cardigans. Crochet is often great for blankets & homewares, but not so attractive to wear. The Crochet Project have managed to offer designs that are feminine, pretty & extremely wearable. Lovely!
Photo ©Kat Goldin
My contribution is a crocheted hat. Many crochet hats are brightly coloured, holey and tightly fitted. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to try something different. And I was so pleased with the result.
Aqueligia is the botanical name for the group of flowers knon as Granny's Bonnets. The hat is soft, drapey, gathered at the crown & has interesting textures throughout. The fit is softer than a beanie, but with less volume than a tam. It's also very easy to adjust the size/degree of slouchiness to suit you & the yarn you are using. The sample was made in Artesano alpaca dk which is soft & drapey & co-operative!
The construction is not one that I've seen anywhere before. It's crocheted from the bobbles up, then the brim is added after. The unusual bobbles & the linked stitches give it an intermediate rating, but actually nothing is difficult, just unfamiliar. It whizzes along once you get going. I made myself one in a natural cream colour:
The pretty edging gives a slight picot effect, and I added an extra round before the crown decreases to allow for the difference in fabric between alpaca & the springy merino used here. I love that I can wear it as a slouch hat or pulled down over my ears to combat the wintry winds we are being treated to here!
You can buy the pattern at The Crochet Project website, or at Ravelry here. It's £3 well spent!