Spring is in the air
Spring is here and the sun is shining and temperatures are getting warmer, I am so excited!
A week ago on Sunday, we walked the Chilham Circular (approx 10 miles) starting and finishing at Chilham, Kent, UK. It was a fabulous day with loads of sunshine, a fresh breeze blowing reminding us it is still only March, and the temperature rose from 11C in the morning to 17C in the afternoon.
We thoroughly enjoyed walking the woodlands, Yew forests, the Kentish Downs, upland and downland fields, panoramic views, bluebell woods (not blooming yet) and passed through the Godmersham Park estate. What a fabulous walk, we will definitely go back and do it again when all the leaves are on the trees.
It's all this lovely spring weather walking which is guiding my crochet projects at the moment.
I have loads of crochet hats for winter walks and desperately need spring time hats, something to keep my head warm and keep the wind out of my ears, especially when the fresh breeze carries with it a "wind chill factor", and not a hat made with wool or alpaca, but a lighter weight cotton or bamboo yarn.
Ta-dah! the little Rambler hat headband cowl was created using a lovely 80% bamboo 20% wool yarn from Sirdar called "Smiley Stripes". At first I wasn't too sure about the orange but when the lovely pattern started to emerge with each row, I was loving it.
I can wear it to keep my head warm, or open up the end and double it over for a headband and ear warmer, or slip it down and wear it around my neck, just lovely. Rambler is similar in style to my first hat/headband/cowl which I made in autumn 2012 on our Scottish highlands trip (see this post) a totally different pattern, whereas this spring design is super easy and quick to make.
Here's my first SPRING design for 2014
RAMBLER Hat Headband Cowl
See below for the pattern details and instructions
A simple crochet hat, headband, cowl, for spring/autumn weather walking.
YARN: Sirdar Snuggly Smiley Stripes DK - 80% Bamboo 20% Wool - 2 x 50g/95m/103yd
SUBSTITUTE YARN: any other similar DK yarn
HOOK: G/6 (4mm)
MEASUREMENTS: Circumference 20in (50.8cm) , Height 8in (20.3cm)
TENSION/GAUGE: 20sts x 20 rows to 4in; in pattern stitch.
PATTERN NOTES: The tension/gauge is only a guideline, it is not critical to this pattern. As long as your circumference is big enough to fit your head, and the height is long enough for the hat to cover your head and ears, that is all you need to achieve here.
ABBREVIATIONS: USA (American) Crochet Terms
ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, st = stitch
Row 1: Ch41, sc in back bump 2nd ch from hook, sc in back bump of each ch to end. Turn. (40sts)
Row 2: Ch1, sc in back loop of each st to end. Turn.
Row 3-91: Repeat Row 2.
Row 92: Repeat Row 2, do not fasten off, continue with join, as follows:
Row 93: Join last row to first row, sc into back loop only of each st to end. Do not turn, do not fasten off, continue to crochet the drawstring edge.
Rnd 94: Ch2, dc in end of each row, join. (92dc) Fasten off.
Make a Drawstring
Leave a 3-4in tail, Ch120, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to end. Cut yarn leaving a 3-4in tail.
Thread your tails into a yarn needle and feed the drawstring 2dc at a time round the drawstring round.
Hide ends into the drawstring, pull on the drawstring to minimize the hole, tie a knot close to hold secure, tie another knot at end, to hold drawstring ends together.
To Wear the Hat, Headband, Cowl:
- Wear the hat with the drawstring tightened, option to roll up brim.
- Wear the headband by releasing the knot closest to drawstring round, and fold in half.
- Wear the cowl by releasing the knot closest to drawstring round, and fold over one third.
LET ME KNOW how you go with this pattern and please share your creations. I am always happy to help if you have any questions in regards to the pattern.
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