My sister asked for a "slouchy bohemian hat" for her birthday through a cunning use of nudge nudge hint hint texts. I sent her a few patterns I saw online, she sent me a few pictures of stuff she liked, and we worked it out. She wanted it in black.
Black is a tough yarn color to use as it is kind of hard to see both what you are doing and the finished design. I decided to make the Eithnie Cabled Hat from Alyse Crochet on Etsy after seeing it on Ravelry. The large cable design should read well I hope and the overall shape was close to what she had asked for.
The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn, but as most retail stores do not carry any, I went with Lion Brand's new yarn, Modern Baby, in black. Baby yarn?? Hear me out here... it is rated a Light/3 weight just like a DK would be and is very soft. This yarn also has an amazing braided looking ply to it with just a tiny bit of shine. I'm really thinking this is going to turn out nice. I got two skeins to be sure I had enough, since we plan to make the brim about twice as wide as the pattern shows. I made up a gauge swatch as soon as I got home with my H 5.00mm hook and it matched up perfectly!
There is a bit of a disclaimer on the beginning of the pattern about this being advanced, but after doing two other cabled hats, I felt comfortable going in. That said, I did have to rip it out almost to the start after row 4 since I realized I was doing hdc instead of dc... probably because my last project was entirely hdc and my muscle memory took over.
|Close up of the cables.|
|Center of back.|
|Motif really starting to show now.|
Once I got back to the brim I also did more rows than called for to make a wider brim. That also helped it to slouch more.
Time to complete: 20 hours
Difficulty: Advanced is correct.
BONUS: She did like it a lot!
Update: Made a second one for my mom. Her's is made with Red Heart Super Soft in Teal. It is a thicker yarn than the baby one and I used a larger hook for the hat as well. Should make it just a touch larger overall. Since both the hook and yarn were larger, I did the pattern as called for without the extra rows that I added to my sisters. Love how the pattern pops in this color.