I'd just like to say first that Gwyn was a very reluctant model. In a helpful way... in that he let me take photos because photos of hats on tables just doesn't look as good as hats on heads even though he didn't want to. That's love. Little does he know that next winter when I am crocheting up heaps of hats for etsy he will be the male model whether he likes it or not.
This was crocheted using a skein of Rowan Big Wool I had lying around. I say lying around very casually but I had originally got other ideas for it in the form of a snood. However he asked the other day for a hat and within an hour this is what I came up with.
I was under alot of direction also, he wanted bits to cover the ears and a bobble (I know he's nearly 30 but it's important to entertain the child in all of us eh?) Anyway his wish was my command and I was pleased with how it came out. Custom.
All I will say for crocheting a hat is when measuring the circumference to allow for alot of ease. Say for example the head circumference is 58cm and you measure around your round before you stop increasing and it comes to 56cm unpick that entire round and start working on a 1:1 stitch basis from then on. This hat is a little too big for Gwyn because I thought going back one round would have made it too small but I don't really think it would have done.
And in the search for other hat sizes the lovely Linda Permann put me onto this site which has lots of measurements to make designing your own hats a bit easier. It's never an exact science - we crocheters can only do our best but it's very helpful all the same!
Onto another hat for my friend Clare's new son baby Sebastian Joseph. Having sized hats up on Molly I've used Paton's Smoothie again in some 'boy colours' - I don't think the table shots do these hats justice but with no newborn to model them that's the best I can do for now. This is my new 'go to' pattern for a baby gift that both looks and feels great but is also useful to because it's so hard to find a nice hat that fits a newborn properly. I used a 4mm hook. And it's the same pattern talked about in this post.
I have two hats on the go for my two little ones - I've attempted one on George when he was teeny - you can see it here but that was a very odd way of making a hat I thought - just crocheting one piece, working a rib at the bottom of that piece and then sewing up the back. I much prefer working in the round even if it can go a bit slanted when it comes to the seam. Still I'm wondering if making George's is a total waste of time. It's like socks. He won't keep it on, who am I kidding.
I'm not really a hat girl but now I can make it exactly the way I like maybe I'll convert myself. In the meantime I've had two lovely packages come through the door at the weekend and I'm busy busy busy on two other projects... more on them hopefully tomorrow.