I do love to wear a hat to a wedding. It’s a dying tradition in Australia (perhaps everywhere) but I have done my bit to keep it alive. There’s just something about a hat that makes an outfit special. I suppose it’s partly because it’s so rare to see them at weddings any more, that’s what makes you stand out!
I’m seriously considering wearing a hat on Friday as I watch the royal wedding on tv … I watched Charles and Diana, and Andrew and Sarah, and Edward and Sophie, and even Charles and Camilla. I will totally be watching William and Kate! I’m not a monarchist by any means, but there’s just something about a royal wedding which totally appeals. It’s probably the frocks. And the hats. I’m sure it’s the hats!
I made this one a while back, but didn’t get a photo shoot for ages, and then I sort of forgot to blog it, until now! Thanks to my friend Miss J for modelling so fetchingly for me!
Pattern: Modest Cloche
by Jennifer Hansen. I have long admired this pattern, I do love a cloche hat, and there was just something about this one, perhaps it’s the flower, perhaps it’s the angle of the project photograph, I don’t know. But I was glad to be able to finally make it!
Silky Merino by Malabrigo, 2 skeins in grey green (a lovely birthday gift from Bells
). This was actually not quite enough – I didn’t have enough to do a full flower, so only managed a small one (which also curls somewhat annoyingly), but I think it’s ok. If you did the flower in a different yarn or colour, 2 skeins would definitely be enough! This is a gorgeous yarn, especially nice to crochet with.
Hook: 2.25mm hook – the pattern suggests a 2.75mm hook – I didn’t have one, so tried 3mm (too big), 2.5mm (still too big) and then 2.25mm (just right!). I’m not actually sure I’ve ever seen a 2.75mm hook before, I shall have to keep an eye out for one in future.
Time: 30 January 2011 – 21 February 2011. I actually finished the hat itself on 7 February (crochet is SO QUICK!) but tried to get some extra yarn to ensure I had enough for the full flower (via the ISO thread on the Australian Knitters board on Rav). None was forthcoming (I knew it’d be a long shot) so I just went ahead with what I had.
And I’m pretty darn happy with it, really! The cool texture is done by front post stitches, and the “gathered” part on the top of the head is done by varying the stitches on each row (treble at back, then transitioning through half treble to double crochet – I’m using english terminology here!). Very clever pattern!
Now what hat to wear on Friday…I think it should have some feathers…