Sunday, June 6, 2004

The LEGEND's pattern...

Ok, so enough of you have asked on how I came up with the pattern for the baby's hat that has become Legend ...

So I'll share on how I did it.  (For those of you needing actual patterns to follow, such as exact stitch count, I cannot provide that as I did not write it down.  The following is a "reenactment" that hopefully you can draw enough from to create your own baby hat)...

First, since I was out in the wilderness ... no joke ... it was about 2 1/2 mile long, one lane, dirt road that we had to take just to get to the site!! ... and I had not anticipated crocheting any projects, so I didn't have my gear with me.  So as the vistors were being asked to leave (that was us), and the baby was staying, all I had to use for measurement was my hand.

I placed the palm of my hand on the back of the baby's head and noted the size, then I turned my hand and measured from the back of the baby's head to the forehead.

When I returned to my van and fished through my new supplies from Patternworks, I found 100% cotton (it had to be of a natural fiber to be allowed back on the camp site), I grabbed my Graydog H hook and started with the back of the hat ... it was something like 20 chains ... I measured it against the measurement of my hand, and set to making rows of half double crochets ... when it was about squared, not quite, but just about ... I started working single crochets from one edge, to the opposite (starting end) side, and to the other edge, I chained two and made a row of half-double crochets ... I continued crocheting on the three sides until they built up enough length that would cover the sides & top of the baby's head.  Then, I crocheted a long chain and slip stitched back, did some pretty shells (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc in one stitch, skip a st, anchor with a slip stitch, skip a stitch and repeat) across to the other side where I made another long chain and slip stitched back.  I ended off and with a tapestry needle, hid my tails.

I'm still hoping to post a picture of it sometime in the future ... so just as soon as I do, I'll post it.

In the meantime, I hope this helps.  :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who loves to make hats.  She has knitted her hats.  I will tell her to read this since she has AOL and this way she can also learn to crochet them since she also loves to crochet.  

That was a very ingenious way to measure the baby's hat size.  I never would have thought of that.  I can't wait to see a pic of the hat.