|I love this hat--the colour, the stitches, and the fact that it's so soft, squishy, and cosy!|
I happened to be working on 72 stitches, which was convenient when it came time to decrease for the crown. I usually do 6 or 8 decreases per round on hats like this, so I could simply begin by placing a stitch marker at the beginning of the round and proceed to make 10 hdc and then hdc2together all the way around. On the next round, I did 9 hdc before hdc2together around. The next round was 8, and so on. I stopped after I did a round of 1 hdc, hdc2together around, then, leaving a long tail, cut the yarn, threaded the tail into a tapestry needle, wove the tail through the few remaining stitches and cinched the top closed.
If the number of stitches had not been divisible by 6 or 8, I would've done a round of evenly spaced decreases to get to the number I needed.
This is a simple, quick hat that works with any thickness of yarn and an appropriate hook. It's great for using scraps. You can be random about colour placement or more organised. In this hat, which I made for Bill a few years ago, I used some black wool I had left from another project along with a ball of Noro yarn with long colour changes--alternating on each round. The black was a fingering weight, so I used it double stranded.
|You can see what the reverse side looks like on the rolled up brim|
|This is a strand of grey and a strand of black--both fingering weight--worked together as one strand|
Now to decide on the stitches I want to use for the next project. I'm going to starting playing with the gigantic cone of rust-coloured yarn a friend recently gave me. I've already had fun considering what to make and thinking about how to make it. More fun to come in the making and wearing!