I think that I've made more hats in the last few months, than in the rest of my life put together.
Between the Beanie Festival and the oodles of chemo caps (too many friends doing chemotherapy this year!) it has been hat, after hat, after hat!
After a while, you just get on a roll with them, and they become second nature.
I really love this latest one.
It's called Elegant Hat and is designed by Kim Guzman.
The pattern is available free online - click here.
The original pattern has a bow, which I've left out in favour of a rose.
Actually, the hat itself is simple and elegant. I quite like it without any embellishment at all.
The band was a bit fiddly to work though. It is done in crab stitch (reverse sc) through the front loops for three rounds. It almost drove me insane for the first two rounds, but by round three I was getting into the swing of it!
And the band really provides some good firm support for the hat, too. Helps it keep its shape. Quite a clever design feature - to add visual interest and support.
As you can see... I couldn't leave well enough alone - and I just HAD to embellish the hat!
First there was the simple whip stitch edging.
Then a rose.
With a button.
And some leaves.
And we're done!