Time to reveal another gift! The last one for a couple of weeks as the rest are for Christmas. See another piece of the mystery solved every time.
This was a present for The Father for his birthday yesterday. As always, long consultation with The Mother about which presents should be arranged, and she suggest a hat could be made. I set about searching for a big slouchy hat and found this beauty from Love Crochet.
This looked perfect for what I needed. A rib in crochet which was new to me, plus using big chunky wool so quick to work up. Super perfect.
Now to look for yarn. The Father isn’t a fan of wool or wool blends. A family trait it seems, we all have troublesome skin. The pattern calls for Stylecraft Weekender, bust says you can use any yarn really as long as it meets the measurements. I decided on the Stylecraft XL, my first go at using this lovely stuff. Dark colours were needed so we went for Petrol. Again huge 200g balls which I thought would do. But no. Another little bit was needed.
I was really interested in doing a crochet rib stitch. It took me a while to get my head around that the rib was worked horizontally, rather than vertically like in knitting. Of course I forgot this half way through the starting chain and get very confused. I checked my stitches over and over so I knew they were right. But they wouldn’t fit around my head. And this was designed for a man. I had to get of the train at that point so I left the frogging for later. It was only after a frantic message to Mrs Acrosstheroad that I realised that I’d temporarily gone mad and that the starting chain was the height rather than the circumference. Silly woman.
Anyway, just going into the back loops, I hooked away. I very much enjoyed the not having to count or check a pattern. I’ve realised that I enjoy these patterns more than the complicated fiddly ones. Its nice being able to create intricate, clever looking things, but you cant beat a simple pattern.
Very easy to sew together as well this one. A gathering stitch is run through the top and then stitched up.
It can be worn in 2 ways. I usually tend to fall into the no cuff clan to have extra room for hair and anything else I might want to hide up there, but I think The Father will fall into the cuff category.
So here it is. Very big, very squishy and very warm. Which is a very good thing at the moment with the weather turning bitterly cold. I nearly put an extra pair of PJ bottoms on Wednesday night. So extremely glad The Father will be able to keep his noggin toasty.
A1 – Complete!
A2 – Complete!
B1 – Complete!
B2 – Complete!
C1 – Complete! Waiting to be gifted.
C2 – A very small amount of progress.
C3 – No progress
C4 – No progress
C5 – 70% through
C6 – No progress
C7 – Complete and waiting to be gifted.
D1 – More fiddly bits done. Now starting to take shape.
D2 – No progress – May keep for another time.
D3 – 70% done.
D4 – 1 more row and then I can decrease!
D5 – No progress – May keep for another time.
As you can see not a lot has gone on since last time. Reason 1, it’s only been 3 days since my last post. Reason 2, my hand hasn’t gotten any better, In fact it’s got worse. Still have it bandaged up for support. I must have pulled my thumb somehow. I’m blaming chores but this thumb hasn’t really stopped for the last 4 months. I’ve decided to concentrate on gentle projects to try and nurse it back to full strength. We’ll see how that goes…
Much love xxx