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Cloche hat

All that lovely yarn that I bought at the NEC was calling to me. I knew what I wanted to make with some of it and as I had the pattern printed off already, I thought I’d start with this.

It’s made with the mega-chunky yarn so it crocheted up very quickly. I did it over two days but if I hadn’t been watching TV at the same time, I could easily have done it in an afternoon. It’s made on the spiral like the bunnies were so I was familiar with the technique this time. There was a tip given to use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round, just removing it to hook into the stitch. I’d used a stitch marker on the bunnies, but lower down which made it harder to see where it was marking.

The hat has an asymmetric turn-up which I really like. The example has a button stitched on for decoration but I didn’t have anything suitable. I did have a large brad though, which I found when checking my scrapbooking stash for buttons. The brad is just through the turn-up and a small stitch stops the turn-up from flapping down.

ClocheHat01If I come across a button that I like better, it’ll be easy enough to replace the brad with it.

This is the back and side to show the slope of the turn-up.

ClocheHat02It does actually look more hat-shaped on my head than it does on the bag of toy stuffing. This was the easiest way to get a photo though.

The yarn is James C. Brett mega-chunky in Denim and I used a size 8mm hook. The pattern is by Dianne Serviss and can be  bought on Ravelry.

I’m making a scarf next using the pretty DK yarn. I have just the pattern for it.



Kawaii Amigurumi bunnies

Apparently that’s what they are. I had to Google Kawaii and Amigurumi to find out what they mean after seeing this very cute pattern on Ravelry.

KawaiiBunniesStashThe pattern is available free from this website, and I already had a bit of Alpaca left over from a ruffled scarf that I made a few years ago. I do love working with Alpaca. It’s so very, very soft. Although maybe for a touch of realism I should be using Angora 😉

I’m hoping this will work up fairly quickly, but how long it takes depends on how much time I want to spare from my cross stitch projects. With a bit of luck, there’ll be an update on this soon.