Introducing the Bromsgrove Hat

Over the next week or so we are going to introduce each piece in our new book, Crochet Yeah!, giving you not only the technical details but a little of the story behind the designs. 

You can buy the e-book here  for £10 (link takes you straight through to the purchase page)

You can buy the print book here for £12 plus p&p

Today its the turn of the Bromsgrove Hat.

(Can I just say I love everything about the above image - unusual for one containing me!)

When we began planning the collection the first piece I knew I wanted to include was a really vibrant, colourful, slouchy pom pom beanie. Its a little outside of my comfort zone, I'm not known for colour work and I find it hard to put colours together and play with them. I liked the idea of stripes being intersected but as the collection is for beginners I didn't want to have to do two colours at once. After initial wobbles about this not being my forte, the design actually came together really easily and I am really pleased with the effect and the finished hat looks great on. (I do wish I was better at making pom poms - I might need to ask Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits for some tips as hers always looks so round and fulsome!)

I am especially pleased with the brim. Regular readers will know that I tend to obsess a little over how to raise the game of crochet to make it more wearable. I always use rows of half trebles in the back loop to create ribbing as it has a very pleasing look and has the stretch and some of the elasticity of a knitted rib so makes the items much more wearable than items with a faux rib or no rib. This time however, I doubled over that band. The two layers not only make a really professional finish to the hat (it looks like a tubular cast on in knitting but is so much less work!) but also makes it cosier and, importantly, makes it much more elastic (ie able to revert to its original state after being stretched.) I don't know why I didn't think of this before but you can be sure it is a technique I will be returning to in the future.

So that's the Bromsgrove Hat. If you'd like to make it, these are the technical details you need to know before you get going:

Sizes
S (M, L) 
To fit head measuring: 48 (53, 58)cm/19 (21, 23)in
Finished circumference at brim: 43 (48, 53)cm/17 (19, 21)in
Choose a size smaller than your head circumference.

Materials
1 (1, 2) 50g skein Socks Yeah in Obsidian (101) - Col A
1 50g skein Socks Yeah in Malachite (110) - Col B
1 50g skein Socks Yeah in Sphene (104) - Col C
3mm (US C) hook
3.5mm (US E) hook.

Tension
30 sts and 19 rows in half treble in BLO to 10 cm/4 in using 3mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension) 
Row tension is more important to match than stitch tension in this pattern.

Difficulty Rating
Easy

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rounds, missing stitches, working into chain spaces, working into previous rows, decreasing.

Construction
Brim is worked in rows then seamed together to form a circle, it is then folded in half to form a doubled brim. The body is worked onto the brim in rounds with right-side always facing. The body is decreased then lightly gathered at the crown.

Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)

 

You can buy the e-book here  for £10 (link takes you straight through to the purchase page)

You can buy the print book here for £12 plus p&p

Don't forget, you still have time to enter our competition to win three beautiful skeins of yarn from Coop Knits, perfect for making a more muted Bromsgrove if you wish. Find out more here.


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