Friday, October 19, 2012

Hats from D, Yarn from Karey, and some birthdays

My precious friend, D in California, sent fifty (50!) hats a few weeks ago. She was delighted to receive her Thank You note. Some day she'll send me pictures for the blog.... nudge, nudge, hint, hint...

At the end of September I had the privilege of attending the Fringe Element Tatters Fall Into Tatting Weekend in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. One of my room-mates was Karey Solomon of Graceful Arts Fiber Studio in Hector, NY. She picked me up at the Buffalo airport and drove me to Cambridge. We had a GREAT weekend: tatting and chatting, learning and tatting, shopping and taking chances on raffles or auctions, and tatting and chatting. It was so wonderful. If only special weekends could last longer. Sigh.

Karey sent me some BEAUTIFUL hand-spun yarn for the 310 Hats project. My daughter, F., has won a set of Knitter's Pride Symfonie crochet hooks from the September Share Your Pride video contest. We look forward to their arrival so that she can make a hat for the project with the beautiful hand-spun hand-dyed yarn from Karey.

You can visit Karey's blog or her store. I will post pictures as the hats are made with the very special yarn!

Birthdays -
Happy Birthday to the father of E1 and E2. He's rooting for the 310 Hats project from Heaven. On the day he turned 80, about FIVE babies were born on the NMSL sewing list. (I think it was five. I know it was at least a handful!) So, Happy Birthday to Dad and a whole bunch of delightful NMSL babies!!!

- E2

Crochet Basic Roll-Brimmed Hat

From 310 Hats

Worsted weight yarn
I hook (5 mm)

  • Chain 2
  • 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place marker in last stitch.
  • 2 sc in each sc (12). Move marker.
  • (1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (18 sc). Move marker.
  • (2 sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (24 sc). Move marker.
  • (3 sc in ea of first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (30 sc). Move marker.
  • Continue in this manner for 13 or 14 rounds (increasing the number of scs before the increase by 1 each round) until your radius is about 3", diameter about 6", and circumference about 18". (78 scs or 84 scs). This should make a nice flat disc, which is the hat top.
  • Work even without increasing. It will start making a bowl shape. Continue even until the depth is about 6". It needs to be long enough and and big enough around to cover a Kindergarten-age child's head and ears.
  • To create a rolled brim, increase the stitches by 50%: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around.
  • Work a few rounds even.
  • Slip stitch around to give a nice tight, neat edge.
  • Cut yarn. Work in ends.
  • If the hat is too "airy", you can weave colored yarns through the stitch spaces. Colored yarns will be very decorative.