The other thing I did was crochet a new hat for winter. As soon as the cold weather starts creeping in I always have the strongest desire to sit with a crochet hook in hand and a lap full of warm and fuzzy yarn. I really love to crochet- I find it so comforting and peaceful. If you are like me and you enjoy either crochet or knitting I hope you have found the Ravelry website. You can check it out here: http://www.ravelry.com It is a free website that is a real treasure trove for the fiber artist. You can find all sorts of patterns on the site and many of them are even free. I just did a search for hat patterns for crochet and looked through the many options that came up until I saw one that was just what I was looking for. The one I found on Ravelry was actually a free pattern that was offered on Julie's Gleeful Things blog as her Christmas present to her readers last year. Here is the link to the pattern I used on her delightful blog: http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=640 It is called the Gumdrop Slouchy Hat. She has great pictures of it in different colors, some are solid one color and others she did in two colors. I liked the way it looked so I decided to give her pattern a try.
I used a size J crochet hook per her instructions and the yarn I used was Lion Brand Yarn, Tweed Stripes in Marble. After checking the gauge I was about a half an inch bigger than what Julie recommended but I decided to just keep going and tried to make my stitches a bit tighter from that point on. Since it is a slouchy hat, I didn't think having it a little bit big would make too much difference. Here's the hat and the yarn I used to create it:
I love the way it turns out striped without the work of changing yarn! The less ends you have to work in when you are finished the better off you are, I think! It took me probably around 4 hours to make the whole hat, that's an estimate because I didn't sit and make the whole thing straight through. Plus, I hadn't crocheted anything for over a year so I may have been a bit slow starting off. I did alter the pattern just a bit at the end. I had some yarn left in my skein so I did an extra row of single crochet at the very end, and I also did the last rows of single crochet in both loops instead of just the back loop as the rest of the pattern was made. I did this so the brim around my head would fit a bit more snug and just to be a bit of a rebel...Here's my new winter hat!
|Modeling my new Gumdrop Slouchy Hat!|
I love it! Of course, I love the color too, and it will look just so perfect with my grey coat this winter. I may even get more ambitious and make a scarf to match. So here's a big thank you to the wonderful people who run the Ravelry website and a thank you to Julie at Gleeful Things too! Here's a link to the cool patterns you can buy from Julie on Ravelry's site: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/gleeful-things-2 She has some adorable crocheted critters on there as well as other hats and Ipod cozies. I'm really loving the "feathered family" which is a little family of bluebirds along with a nest to tuck them into. I hope you'll stop by her Ravelry store and see what she offers there!