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Monday, 13 October 2014

NEAT QUICK FLOPPY HAT



NEAT QUICK FLOPPY HAT

The cute top of our floppy  actually reminds me of a samosa (which for the non-Indians is a savory fried or baked pastry snack, with a yummy filling which traditionally is triangular.  But as it’s also a little bit of an asymmetrical top, with a perfect triangle.. the name .. fits ?!

But what’s in a name, right.. the stuff about a rose being a rose and all that blah.. I can confirm that this beret will show you and your lovely talent off.. no matter what I call it. J

I also think that this cute floppy hat is worth a wear at Ascot .. you know.. the slightly stiff upper lip, the little pinkie in the air, the beautifully ruffled edges of your umbrella fluttering in the light breeze.. and you smartly ‘hidden’ under the floppiness of this lovely hat .. yes, I get that image too.. but of course, I would use a lighter yarn – a nice cotton/bamboo/silk or linen yarn for this then.. for just the right floppiness and the delicateness of this cute pattern to show through… so yep, this one is getting done once more by me, for sure.. Ascot or not ! J

I've got a few more head wear ideas that already posted, so in case you’re interested, do take a quick dekho  at http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/09/spiralled-beanie.html ; or http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2014/09/beret-beanie-and-slouchy.html ; and

This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.  J

For head wear, I advise that you make the beret / beanie about an inch smaller than intended, keeping in mind the stretch of your yarn.

The full chart is right at the end of this write up.

Materials used : KDR Baby Love, 4-ply baby fingering yarn,  ~ 40 gms (1.5 balls), with a 4 mm (US 6, G) crochet hook

Size made : Head circumference :  21”
Gauge : 4 dc (across) x 3 dc rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                    sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                        st(s) : Stitch(es)          
yo : Yarn Over                                                            hk : Hook
           
                                               
The pattern starts in the centre and with a lovely magic circle, then circles its way all around to make the lovely pattern.  As this is a free-sized pattern, I’m only going to go along with the designer’s pattern choice and you will work it for the head size desired by you.
Right so let’s get on with it. J

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Start with a magic circle and 12 dc into that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st  dc  ; *ch 2, sk next dc , 2 dc in the next dc * ; rep *to* 4 times ; ch 2, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : (Increase round) : dc in the 1st  dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; *ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc * ; rep *to* 4 times ; ch 3, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; *ch 3, sk next ch-3 sp , dc in the next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc * ; rep *to* 4 times ; ch 3, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.



Round 4 - 8 : Rep Row 3 increasing 6 dc per round following the chart below for reference. You will have 9 dc at the end of Round 8


Round 9 : (Decrease round) : dc in the 1st  7 dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp ; *ch 3,  dc in the next 7 dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp ;  * ; rep *to* 4 times ; ch 3, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 10 : (Decrease round) : dc in the 1st  6 dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] once ; *ch 3,  dc in the next 6 dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; ch 3, [ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] once ;  * ; rep *to* 4 times ; ch 3, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 11 - 16 : (Decrease round) : Rep Round 10 decreasing 6 dc per round, till you have one dc 2-tog (which equals 1 dc) per ‘spoke’ or ‘triangle’.



Now you should have a neat round doily-like circle that should fit the crown of your head, and extend around it just a bit.  If it doesn’t look like it’s floppy enough for you, you could do one more round of ch-3’s all around (i.e ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) – you would also get one sc that goes into the dc 2-tog all around, but you figured that J

So to end this cute hat here, I’ve given it a bit of a border – so for my border
(5 dc in the 1st ch 3 sp ; sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; rep (to) till end ; ch 1 and join with sl-st to the 1st dc 2-tog.   J

The full chart is given below, for your quick reference.  Do note that there is no border in the original pattern , so you could also end with that filigree edging.. as always.. decisions.. choices 
a-plenty.

Fasten off then and weave in the ends.. and go ahead, slip your cool beret on and show off.. you deserve to J



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