Handmade Hat Giveaway!

Don’t know why I am feeling the urge to communicate, but let’s just “get back Honky Cat.

I have been dealing with a creative block lately, leaving me to rely on patterns to keep my mind busy, but it also provides for more free time to goof off doing – literally – doing nothing…such a waste.

Anyway, having donated 17 items to 2 charities today, I feel prompted to get back to something I set in motion…I owe someone a hat!

You'll Lose A Good ThingAbout two weeks ago my nephew came to visit with his family. I remembered that my niece had suggested making hats and that I had a whole bunch. I offered them as many as they wanted or would fit. My niece had picked up on the same sexual, subliminal message with You’ll Lose A Good Thing and we had shared a chuckle; even more so when that was the hat the fit my grand nephew the best. An interesting thing is that at eye level, the top portion is not even visible.

So after they left, they went to Home Depot and sent us this pic via phone. Picking up from another previous conversation, I came up with the name for this color: Home Depot Orange. More laughs.

Another Day

My niece also took Feel The Spin, Free Nelson Mandela and I Shall Believe. I just heard from her yesterday that her mother doesn’t take Free Nelson Mandela off and her sister loves Feel The Spin…so much I am going to make her another in stripes like Another Day, though I am inclined to try vertical stripes and change the pattern slightly for shaping.

Rata De Dos Patas was taken by my brother. It fit him well with the brim folded up; I only had to sew in two ends.

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Someone To Call My Lover

The Name

Someone To Call My Lover by Janet Jackson.

Random match.

The Hat

Size: Toddler!
Destination: Charity

As I approach mental block, I improvised a matching hat for Baby, You’re Mine. The designer of Ophrys cowl, on which Baby, You’re Mine is based, showed a matching hat on her blog. One look and I knew it was another gather-top; not a fan.

I didn’t know how to pass the crown increases with the Glover Stitch, so I used single crochet. Unfortunately, I made my crown smaller than I had aimed. Oh well, they are going to charity and there’s no guarantee they’ll stay together.

The Yarn

Caron Simply Soft
Color: Ocean; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Aran

Unknown Turquoise
Color: Truly Turquoise**; Content: Acrylic***; Weight: 4, Worsted****

Done! These yarns have been exhausted.

* Based on Hooker Leo yarn experience
** Assigned by Hooker Leo
*** Presumed by Hooker Leo
**** Estimated by Hooker Leo

Baby, You’re Mine

The Name

Baby, You’re Mine by Basia

The song playing at the commencement of this post.

The Cowl

Dimensions: 11 (W) x 9.5 (H) inches
Pattern: Ophrys Cowl by Jenniefer Andersson
Destination: Charity

Found this pattern by going to the last search page on Ravelry and paging backwards. I like the texture, and then was more pleased to learn it was a new stitch: Glover Stitch. Despite, my crocheting the stitch wrong, I still like it.

The Yarn

Caron Simply Soft*
Color: Ocean; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Aran

Unknown Turquoise
Color: Basia**; Content: Acrylic***; Weight: 4, Worsted****

I just picked up on the fact that Ravelry classifies this yarn as aran; highly doubtful on my part. I am pretty sure the other is a Cascade Pacific yarn; in the my mind I can picture it in the store I used to work in. I just could not match color on their website.

* Presumed by Hooker Leo
** Assigned by Hooker Leo, due to missing yarn label
*** Presumed by Hooker Leo
**** Estimated by Hooker Leo

 

Don’t Stop Me Now

The Name

Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

Happened to be playing when I started recording this skully.

The Skully

Actual Dimensions: 7 (W) x 6 (H) inches
Pattern Dimensions: 15-16” (C); 6” (H), 3-6 Months
Pattern: Emma Beanie by Ashley Leither

I got the height right if I was supposed to measure from the top of the head versus the last increase round, but the circumference I ended up with should fit a tween (11-12 year old). Not a fan of her patterns using a J-hook with worsted weight. Pattern is well written, minus measuring definitions.

The Yarn

Caron Simply Soft*
Color: Ocean; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Unknown Turquoise
Color: Succulent**; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

* Presumption based on Hooker Leo experience
** Named by Hooker Leo due to missing label

 

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?

The Name

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? by Soft Cell

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but I have a two name song for two similar projects.

The Preemie Skullies

Size: Preemie, based on 3-3.5 inch circumference

The skully on the left was constructed using the third back loop hdc or ribhdc. I do like the way this one looks but I think it needed to be taller. I was questioning if hat height equals crown to brim or last increase round to brim? Now I know: a quick reread clarified the issue for me: last increase round to brim!

The Yarns

All unlabeled scraps from CSNanaCat, which means acrylic, and the weight was worsted.

I Shall Believe

The Name

I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow

This is an appropriate name for a hat I improvised the design. I shall believe that I will figure this out.

I Shall Believe

The Beanie

Size: 0-3 months
Destination: Charity

42_small_best_fitI was going for something similar to the one pictured at right. I think my primary mistake was building the crown in double crochet; I feel like maybe I should’ve used Half double crochet. This hat has a weird fit.

While my hat does measure 6-inches high with a rounded crown, I am going to classify the size as 0-3 months based on How to Size Crochet Beanies + Chart by Heart Hook Home.

I Shall Believe

The Yarn

The yarn for this project is unknown. I had the same yarn on two different cones with different information. Because it was so thin and I wanted to rid myself of it, I double stranded.

I Shall Believe

Balloon Man

The Name

Balloon Man by Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians

The perfect name for this balloon-stitch hat.

Balloon Man

The Hat

Dimensions: 11-inch height, medium, female adult
Pattern: Balloon Stitch Slouch Hat by Nana’s Crafty Home
Destination: Charity

Nice textured hat, involving front and back post double crochets. I am not a fan of the construction, bottom up, like a knit hat. I am sure it could be adjusted, but I am moving on.

I had the hardest time keeping track of the row count, basing my hat by comparing mine to the one pictured on the website: three balloons is the same height. I am also foregoing the pom-pom, as the hat is for charity, I don’t like making pom-poms, and I believe paying for transportation to buy a pom-pom is ridiculous.

Balloon Man

The Yarn

Caron Simply Soft*
Color: Ocean; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted

Again, this color is very hard to capture in photography.

* Estimated guess by Hooker Leo