I'd been wanting to make a lightweight, open, summer hat using some cotton/wool/nylon sock yarn I have. I grabbed a skein of that and a 5.5mm Tunisian crochet hook and got started. I finished this afternoon.
Hats are useful all year here, where it is often quite windy. When we walk, no matter how well I think I have my hair secured, it flies all around and gets annoying. So a lightweight hat is just the thing to keep it out of my eyes and mouth, while not being too warm.
I started the hat sideways, leaving a long tail for sewing later, and chaining 29. Then I did a regular Tunisian pick-up and work-off row. After that I just alternated a few rows of elongated knit stitch with a few rows of simple stitch until my strip was long enough to fit comfortably around my head.
To make the crown, I simply brought the first row around to meet the last row and began working along the side. Using the same 5.5 mm hook, I used hdc stitches, decreasing at regular intervals until I had 6 stitches left. Then I cut the yarn, threaded a tapestry needle, wove the tail through those stitches and pulled tight to close.
The yarn is sock yarn that came from Lidl earlier this year. It came in bags of 4 skeins of 50 grams each. I have a shirt that has these colours in it and I made a pair of socks using most of two skeins earlier this summer.
I am feeling better today--I stayed in yesterday and today. It is a day with an autumnal feel--clouds, a bit of rain now and again, and plenty of wind. I even was able to close a window! I am enjoying it while it lasts because summer is expected to make a (brief, I hope) comeback later in the week. My new hat will come in handy.