Hatliners Blog

by Pamela
on 07/13/14 07:16 pm
by Pamela on 07/13/14 7:07 pm

Not long ago, our charity received an email asking about a crocheted hat that would be appropriate for either a man or a woman, and had a brim.  We pointed the requestor to our Windish Hat, designed by Rohn Strong.  The requestor was not convinced.  “I don’t think yellow would be good, and I’m not sure I can see it for both a man and woman.”

Because we see so many hats, we often forget that we see options in a hat where others may not. The opportunity to use different yarns, different colors, add an embellishment.  Something not readily apparent to people who are looking to make a hat for a loved one or for charity.

So we decided to play with Windish, given our requestor’s comments.  A brimmed hat contributed to Halos of Hope for our Designer Collection, in honor of Rohn’s grandfather, Dennis Windish.  He envisioned it as a man’s hat, crocheted in a bulky weight yarn.  His sample done in yellow    Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease

  What if it was done in blue?  This time in Cascade Yarns’ 128 Superwash 
Yes,  you’ll may have to check your gauge (128 is a bulky, not a super bulky), and, you may have to add an increase round or two.  Our good friend, Kristin Omdahl, has a great tutorial on calculating how to ensure your hat turns out the right size.
How does Windish look now? 

Well, okay, but what about for a woman?  Same yarn?  Add a flower or a nautical-type braid (with or without buttons)

Have a little bit of two worsted weight yarns leftover?  Two strands held together can create a super-bulky.  Black and gray worsted create a bit of a tweed look. This hat will be on its way to  my son for a cap this winter season (he’s still in the polar vortex part of the country, and the yarn used is not chemo-cap friendly). 

Unsure about what weight your yarn may be, because the band is long gone?  Look the yarn up on Ravelry and compare it to what is called for in the pattern.  You may find an opportunity to experiment and create your own very unique hat creation!  Concerned your hat may be too small?  That’s okay.  While you’re playing to get it right, remember, we take hats of all sizes from 15-22”.  

Designers make samples to guide us, as well as try new yarns and techniques.  Tools available on the Internet help us to make modifications.  Sites like Ravelry help us to find comparable yarns to something we may already have in our stash.

Ready to embrace your own creative spirit?  We’ve added some additional help on yarn weights below to get you started, and check out the links in this post that may help to get you thinking beyond the hook.

Share your progress with us!  Either here in the comments, on our Facebook page, or in our Ravelry group.  We look forward to your cap creations!

Look for these symbols on your yarn to help guide you

  Worsted Weight Yarns            Bulky Yarns        Super Bulky Yarns

Editor's Note:  If you would like additional tutorials on hats, hat-making, yarns and other construction topics, please let us know by posting in the comments.  We thank you for your support!

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