Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summer Hats

Our local farmer's market opened a couple of weeks ago. Nan got a table and drafted me to help supply projects. She wanted to see if her loomed acrylic hats would sell. We were excited when 6 of them did. Of course, we can't expect people to go on buying warm hats as summer comes, so we've both been busy coming up with other items. I decided to try crocheting cotton hats. It wasn't hard to find some great ideas on Ravelry.

This hat and the two in the next picture are from the pattern Gulf Shores. If you haven't been to this site, there are lots and lots of good patterns.

Then this Crochet Rolled Brim Hat caught my eye. On this first hat, I actually followed the pattern. But then, as you can see, I began improvising. All were fun to make; here's hoping customers like them!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

And still more hats

Playing with designs on this loomed hat.

I found this yarn last year and finally tried it on the green loom. The color is Peruvian Print by Red Heart. The yarn forms the patterns as it is knitted. Nan made a hat with it on the red loom that looks completely different.

Nan came up with this variation for the brim. It's done in garter stitch with 2 colors used in alternating rows.

This hat is needle-knit. The pattern is a variation of Candy Dots, found in the book Kids' Knitted Hats. I used size 9 needles and more stitches to make the hat larger.

And this pattern was found on The entry is called Gaugeless, guaranteed-to-fit MAGIC LOOP SKI HAT with a TKIO. My hat was done with size 11 circular needles and doubled yarn. It was fun to try something so different. Even though the hat folds flat, when it is on a head it looks like a regular round hat.