It’s been too long since I had a post that is just about showing off a finished crochet project, and guess what… I have one to show you!
This is my lovely linen crochet sunhat! As modelled by the old Christmas tree in my neighbour’s garden that has been taken over by a particularly luscious passion flower plant. I was a bit naughty and picked one of the flowers for the picture. Shh! Don’t tell anyone! It was missing a petal anyway!
Actually the pattern (which was FREE on Ravelry under the not very catchy name of Amicome 4-1 Bucket Hat) did include a crochet flower. but I liked the way the hat looks without it so I didn’t bother making one. The pattern was from a Japanese crochet magazine, which isn’t nearly as intimidating as it sounds, because Japanese patterns tend to be chart based, instead of the long list of instructions that are so familiar to UK and US crocheters.
It’s handy not to have to keep reminding yourself whether the pattern means a UK double crochet or a US one! It also makes it easier to visualise where you are in the pattern and what it should look like. Counting the stitches on the chart to place the increases for the brim section was a little bit tedious, but this was probably the area of the design most forgiving of mistakes.
You know what? I’m actually so pleased with this hat that I will even post the awkward photos I took in the mirror of me wearing it!
And where did the lovely linen originate from? It was part of my haul of yarn that I picked up at Fibre East less than two weeks ago! I was determined that I would use some of what I bought there as soon as possible rather than adding it to my already considerable yarn stash, and the linen, although a bit splitty, was wonderful to work with in this hot weather.
The yarn is called Victor linen and the shade is azure, and it is from a mill shop in Bradford called Texere Yarns, but don’t worry, they have a well stocked online shop too! If you are lucky enough to live near enough to the shop to visit it in person *seethes with jealousy* Lucy from Attic24 will be there on 17th August for “crochet, tea, cake, Q&A, loveliness”. 😦 I want crochet and loveliness too!
I can’t complain too much though, not when I have my lovely new hat to wear!