Sunday, March 02, 2008

I Knit Not. For Now.

But I do crochet. Yes, a hook and Michelle's handspun merino come to the rescue when grumpy shoulder goes into the time-out corner.

FO: Crochet handspun beret
A few details
120 yards of bulky handspun merino in the color, "Hush"
Size L crochet hook
Nothing but a crochet stitch bible and a general idea for a beret (read: no pattern)

I used a knotless method (also known as "Magic Adjustable Ring") to create a foundation chain circle that could be easily tightened with a tug. Result? No hole in the top of the hat! I didn't invent it but I so wish that I'd known about it sooner. It makes all other methods for crocheting a circular object without a hole look positively arcane.

The pattern I chose is based on the Iris stitch, one of the "Fans and Shells" from The Crochet Stitch Bible, except I substituted half-double crochet for double crochet. Again, I winged it when it came to increasing the circle, keeping it as close to the shell pattern as possible. I kept this up until the top was about 10" in diameter, then I decreased to a point and continued straight in single crochet for about 2".

Oops, this is not an exclusively crochet project. I forgot about the part where I pick up the stitches along the bottom edge and do a k1, p1 ribbing for a few rows. Size 10.5 (US) double points to the rescue. A couple of buttons from the collection to finish her off and that's it! Looks like Rocky approves.

FO: Crochet handspun beret avec chat
Let's see if I can finish off at least one more item before hurtling headlong into my Dream In Color KAL selection.

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Blogger Debi said...

I LOVE the hat but the pic of Rocky is killer cute!!

3/03/2008 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Adorable hat, cat, and mannekin!

3/03/2008 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

If only I could crochet. Your hat is beautiful!

3/03/2008 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Love, love, love the hat. Nice buttons and kitty. Bring on the crochet !!!

3/03/2008 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger bellamoden said...


Love that hat :) Love the buttons. Yum!

3/03/2008 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Supervisor Cowboy says MEOW! to Inspector Rocky!
PS - The hat is great!

3/03/2008 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that is *so* cute! Love it! Especially with the little miao =)

3/03/2008 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

THAT is great! Love the colors in the yarn, too...
And the "kissy kitty!"

3/03/2008 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Oh I love it! It's so hip and funky! I hope your shoulder starts to feel better soon.

3/03/2008 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

Wow Karen, you are so creative. Crocheting away without a pattern and with this great result!

3/04/2008 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Very stylish!

3/06/2008 07:19:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Fab hat! You always have the best buttons.

Rocky's a sweet looking kitty.

3/07/2008 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely hat! An excellent knitting choice.

3/13/2008 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

i LOVE this set, and apparently so does the cat. great color choice.

3/29/2008 10:32:00 AM  

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