|Knitted Hat with Crocheted Rose Embellishment|
I pulled out two skeins of leftover yarn from my stash and knitted myself a "beanie" hat! The black yarn was leftover from a sweater I made for my daughter several years ago. I can't remember buying the grey yarn - it might have been in a bag of yarn that was given to me by a friend, some time ago. There was just enough yarn to make the hat and the crocheted rose embellishment. Can't really get a good picture of the rose, but it has three rows of raised petals.
I adapted the hat directions from a pattern given in a knitting book that I have. I cast on 92 stitches using US#7 size needles and worked in knit 1 purl 1 rib until 8 inches from cast on edge. Then decreased by knitting 2, then "knit 2 together and knit 1" repeated till the end; ribbing for another 5 rows and decreasing by knit 2 together until the end. Then, cut the yarn leaving about 20 inches of yarn attached to thread through all the remaining stitches twice and pull to close the top. And sew the seam.
I don't have directions for the rose. I kind of made it up as I went along. I can read and follow knitting directions quite well, but crochet directions leave me floundering, unless it's fillet crochet! I am like my grandmother, that way - she could only do fillet crochet. But I knew I wanted a three-dimensional rose and I kind of crocheted loops of chains to the back of each row of petals to make my rose. As a result, the petals are sort of stacked one on top of the other.
That was a win-win-win project! I used up two items from the yarn stash, spent the afternoon enjoying knitting, and now have a warm hat to wear to keep my head warm (especially when I won't have any hair due to chemo!)
I am thinking of trying my hand at a crocheted hat, next.
Have you knitted or crocheted hats? Which do you prefer?