Monday, November 12, 2007

Tweedy cloche, or the quest for flapperdom - with pattern

The Roaring 20's are one of my favourite fashion eras - I wear my own hair in a classic bob cut, and I like the insouciant smirk that often shows up in flapper-girl pictures.

So I wanted my own 20's style flapper hat, but most of the crochet flapper hat patterns I could find online didn't have the distinctive bell shape of the classic cloche. So I improvised my own pattern, and I am really happy with the result. (Well, with version three and somewhat with two. Version one I'm not posting about.)

This one is my favourite. I made it with two strands of yarn held together, one of Lion Brand wool in grey and one of Paton's Decor in pale aubergine. I really like the vintage, pink-grey heathered effect these yarns gave me. The ribbon's off an old top or something - the colour just happened to match.

This next is an earlier version, in Paton's Decor Aubergine and Red Heart black.

I've written out the basic pattern - it's pretty simple. If anyone makes this and has any problems, please let me know.

Use two strands of worsted weight yarn held together and a 6.0mm (J) hook.
Gauge: first two rounds in dc creates a circle about 2.5" (6 cm) in diameter. I crochet fairly tightly, so some people might go down a hook size to get this.

For the first six rows, I followed Yarncat's Basic Crown instructions.

For the grey hat, I did row 7 as dc each stitch around, as I have a rather small head. The other one I made a little larger: dc in 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around.

Unless your head is small and your hair flat, I suggest the latter.

Row 8 - 11: dc in each stitch around.

Row 12: dc in 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around

Row 13: dc in each stitch around

Row 14: dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around

Row 15: sc around. (I did this with two strands of one colour to give a nice edge.)


Angry Asian said...

Hello, great hat! i came across this pattern from ravelry. my question: is it necessary to use TWO strands, would ONE not work?

thank you!

kristi said...

Using two (different-coloured) strands gives the hat its "tweedy" look, and also makes the fabric thicker and firmer, so that it holds its shape. If you used a single strand of worsted weight yarn, I expect that the pattern would basically work, but you'd have a looser, drapier fabric, and you might have to increase the hook size to stay close to gauge. Another option would be to use thicker yarn, maybe a chunky weight.

If you make it a modified version, please let me know how it came out!

sandy said...

Just found this post & the link for Yarncat's Basic Crown Instructions no longer exists.
Could you possbily supply them?

sandy said...
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Kristi said...

I've updated the link.