Monday, January 18, 2010

Retro Cloche Hat

Miriam Mack, retro clocheI was out shopping and couldn't help but stop into one of the local knitting shops that carries Malabrigo. I ended up with a skein of worsted in cypress, which though it looks black, in the sun light (and under the flash) takes on a deep green, varigated coloring. I also purchased a skein of Malabrigo Twist in red. I think I am going to make a hat out of that one, too.

I wanted to make another cloche because this is definitely my new favorite style of hat. I think it's suited to my face. Plus, I needed a plain, black hat that covered my ears. Living in the Ithaca, I now think that all hats should do this. Otherwise it's just too cold for my little earsies.

I searched Ravelry for a cloche hat pattern that met my gauge needs, and I finally came up with the Retro Cloche Stash Hat. It looked quite whimsical and comfy, not quite my vision of a cloche, but nice anyway. I was a little frustrated with the pictures on Ravelry as most just showed the back of the hat. While this is definitely a great design feature for this pattern I think the most important aspect about choosing a hat pattern is how it will potentially look on my head. Thanks to those of you who showed your face pic with the hat!

Most of the details on how I knit this pattern up are on my Ravelry page, here. I will say here that this hat definitely needs the ribbon to hold it on. Without it a strong breeze would lift the hat off my head.

On another note this is the first time I have ever had to go shopping for hat trimmings. I had a very Austen moment the other day as I realized this. I did, indeed, feel a little like a Bennet perusing the ribbons in Merryton. I'm not satisfied with the one I have. I'd like to get a two+ inch dark green, velvet ribbon. I'll have to wait until I find a fancy ribbon shop close by.

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Cypress
Needles: #8 straights and #7 hat sized circulars
Thoughts: To have faith in what I am doing, to be thankful for what I have.

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