Spring is here and it is time to consider the sun hat. Thanks to my wonderful dermatologist, I am now an avid user of RetinA, a skin cream that minimizes wrinkles and completely replaces your old skin cells. It actually repairs sun damage and makes your face look smoother and younger. RetinA also makes skin more sensitive to the sun so I must now disgard my old habit of letting my face acquire a tan in the summer.
My little hat started out as the Elegant Hat by Kim Guzman. I had a problem hitting gauge on this pattern because my stitches are always very short in height so my row gauge was way off. When you are making a hat, you must be sure to hit gauge on rows as well as on stitches per inch. After some consultation with Kim about the gauge, I decided to postpone making this pattern until I had worked out the gauge issues. I think that I will eventually end up making the hat in half-double crochet instead of single crochet.
But this left me without a hat to make. So as with most things crochet, I decided to make my own pattern. I switched from Caron Simply Soft to a silk/cotton blend that I had on hand from another project. This yarn is very sturdy and makes a fine hat. I also decided to double my strands so that I’d have a stiff hat, not one that is soft and floppy. The hat band functions somewhat as a size-adjuster. You can tighten it slightly to take the hat from a size 21″ to 22 without wrinkling the fabric. You can still fold this hat up and put it into your tote or backpack. If you cannot get the yarn that I used in the pattern, I would recommend a nice stiff cotton such as Reynolds Saucy Sport. You will also be starting your hat with a magic circle. This is an easy little technique to use when you are working in the round. If you prefer your method, then by all means, use that.