Monday, February 27, 2006

Flower Hat: Failed Hat for me #2

This hat took me absolutely bloody ages to make. Since I'm very far from gaining my black belt in crochet, this advanced pattern took an age for me to understand. I think a lot of my trouble is, I try too hard to follow the pattern, rather than just being sensible and thinking "what is it actually supposed to look like at the end of this?" I always have this dumb-headed belief that if I stick with it it will magically turn out OK in the end.

However, once I'd understood the pattern (after unravelling it a good 400 times), it was actually pretty quick and easy to make. Just one problem.

It was teeny tiny. So I made it again with a bigger hook.

Still teeny tiny. Tried an extra flower.

No dice.

Photographed it and sent it to the big ball of wool in the sky. Cried a little.

Free Pattern from Crochet By The Hook
[The ever-helpful Dot has now added a detailed tutorial for the killer Row 6 so you shouldn't have to unravel it quite as many times as I did. I'm still not sure quite why mine ended up being so small though.]

Tea Cosy

This was the tea cosy I very kindly created for my sister. I'm not sure if she actually uses it or not - I'd rather not know the truth... - but I was pleased with how it came out since both the shell stitch and the cable stitch were new to me.

Funnily enough, despite numerous failed hats for me, this tea cosy fitted my head a treat. There's a good chance I may have to knock up another one as a head cosy if I fail at any more proper hats.

As is my tradition, I never quite finished it off properly. I was going to do some little rosettes round the top edges to make it look like a cosy I spotted in a sunday supplement's aspirational homewares section, but I lost patience after two teensy rosettes and fobbed my sister off with a "I'll finish it later" offer. That was back at Christmas.

Oh, and for some reason, my cosy didn't seem to close up at the top quite like it was supposed to, but I rather like it that way.

Free Pattern from here.