Friday, 31 October 2014

I love this hat !!!!!

Now that everything is out of the boxes and that my yarn is my studio/bedroom and that my Japanese crochet books are in display on my bookcases …… well, I feel really happy !!!!! ;oD

I started to browse (again!) my lovely books and looking at my yarn stash I thought I was ready to experiment again with some Japanese crochet charts ….




…. In this book, I found a cheerful pattern ….



…. a happy hat, with some granny squares (easy), some lace (light) and a string with 2 pom poms at its ends …. obviously, this pattern (pattern name : Colorful motif Cap) was calling my name out loudly !!!

While choosing the colours, I decided that my hat has to be C-O-L-O-U-R-F-U-L, so no white was selected, but instead some bright pink and blue, purple, caramel and mint green !
With a 3,5mm hook, I began with the squares ….




When the 6 required granny squares were completed, I noticed that they were not big as the ones on the book pictures (and I have a head circumference of 56cm, even because of my thick hair !), so I decided to add one more round to each granny and to use the join as you go method : in this way I reached the right size for my big head ! ;oD




After the joining of the squares, I had to adapt the pattern as I have added some extra stitches with my personal pattern changes, but it all went on smoothly, as you can see …






with the work going on, round after round ….





…. I reached the end of it in a couple of days (20 rounds of lace)….




So, I trimmed in the ends (luckily I was doing this boring job, little by little, during a few "crochet pit-stops"!!!)…



I put this tubular shape in the box, while working on the last details ….




Then, I collected the almost ready hat, I made the cord pass through some holes (along the 14th round), I made a knot+bow and finally I had to sew on the pom poms …. DONE !!!!!!!!!

Wanna have a good look ??? Please ….




…. and as today is Halloween (Happy Halloween to everyone !!!!) get ready to be scared …..






….. I'm in love with this hat !!!!! It's not possible not to be !!!!! In fact, I started a new one with the same yarn, but with a different colours combo !!!!!


xxxx Alessandra

Today party links : Link your Stuff !Busy Fingers Showing Off #66 and Craft Schooling Sunday !!!!


46 comments:

  1. Dear Ale, I understand why you love the hat. It looks great and the colors make you feel happy. Love Tinie

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  2. I really love your hat and all the nice pictures of the process. Such a happy little project! I had to be lots of fun making this. It was fun to see too!

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    1. thank you Pammy Sue !!!!
      We had fun together, then !!!!! ;oD
      xxxxx Ale

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  3. I love that hat too Ale - it's very pretty and the colors are so cheerful together. :)

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  4. What a coincidence! I am also making a granny hat, a little different than this though :)
    Great job on yours!

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  5. You're so clever Ale ..... I really don't get those charts.
    Happy weekend!
    love Jooles x x x

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  6. I love this hat and the colors!!!
    Xxx Anneke

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    1. thank you Anneke !!!!!!
      happy weekend, xxxxx Ale

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  7. Really nice Alessandra!You've picked beautiful colors to crochet this one!

    greats!Xx
    Angeline

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  8. Your hat is gorgeous! I love it, too! Especially love the colors you used.

    x Dragana

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  9. And I love this hat too!! I understand you have your treausures back, books, yarn etc. Now you are happy. I love the colors, mint green.... looks great! byebye Francien, today we don't need hats overhere, November 1, I read in the newspaper this morning..... weather for the beach!! strange... lol

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    1. Grazie Francien!!!!!
      I don't need this kind of woolly hat here too, but in case I'm going somewhere cold for Christmas holidays …… better to be prepared!!!! ;oD
      Have a lovely weekend my dear, xxxxxx Ale

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  10. ♥oo, love your hat! Beautiful! Happy day! xxx Riitta

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  11. Ale I love your hat the colours are so gorgeous well done!
    best Daisy j x

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  12. LOVE it - this is so 'you' Alessandra :) :) Good job!
    Alison xx

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  13. No,beh,questo devo farlo assolutamente!È fantastico!Buona domenica!

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  14. Ohhhhhhh! Questo cappello è meraviglioso!
    Con questi colori! e in questo modo!
    Mi piace! è molto bello!
    Saluti, Ale!

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  15. Love it Ali, hope you'll share it on craft schooling Sunday!

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  16. it's a little elfing hat!...your such a hippy! X

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  17. So happy you feel happy with your books and yarn!! And what a fun hat, very happy looking hat! ��
    Hope the new week will be a great week for you!!

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    1. thank you for everything Andre'e !!!!!!
      love, xxxxxx Ale

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  18. What a fun hat Ale!
    Kate :}

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  19. Muy acetada la combinación de colores,me encanta..es un gorro muy gracioso!!!
    saludos!!
    ( Elena )

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  20. It is so lovely! Glad that you are all unpacked and feeling crafty and inspired again. I really like the blanket that you used as your photo backdrop too. xx

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  21. Wow, great!! I love your hat and the pattern-book!! That crochet-glass-jars, sigh...
    Greetings from Marijke

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  22. Great hat!! You must be so happy to have everything unpacked - you're really at home now.

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  23. This is SO good! I love it, the style, the originality, I have never seen anything like it!! best of all I love the colours, that green is awesome Ale, can't wait to see the next one :o) xxx

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  24. Fabulous hat!! I love the colours you chose, and all your gorgeous photos too.....and the adorable Pom poms!!!
    Happy November, Ale!
    Helen xox

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  25. Il tuo cappello è bellissimo ! Sono davvero contenta di trovarti di nuovo tra le cose che ti fanno stare bene ! Lane e libri !E che libri! Te li invidio , li avevo già visti in qualche sito , mi piacerebbe averne , ma la paura di non capirci niente è forte ! Forse me la caverei seguendo gli schemi ; )
    Un abbraccio e alla prossima
    Maddy

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  26. Hi Ale! What a fantastic hat, absolutely gorgeous! You picked such cheerful colours, wow! And the Pompoms finish it off beautifully!!!
    I'm interested in the japanese book - where did you find it? What is the name/title? And do you follow only the charts?
    Happy november!!!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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    1. Thank you Ingrid!!! All my japanese crochet books were bought in Jakarta, where I found a big japanese bookstore! You cannot read these books if you don't know japanese, but the diagrams are easy to follow, once you know the crochet symbols. I know that you can buy these books via Etsy, so have a look there! ;oD
      xxxxxxx Ale

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  27. Beautiful hat,fantastic colors!!!
    Greetings.:*

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  28. Just found your site. LOVE it. The blanket under the hat you show on it. Do you have a pattern for it? I have been looking but do not know what to call it.
    My email is djconstant41@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment!!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxx Ale

      You can find more informations about my blanket here :
      http://homemadeatmyplace.blogspot.com/2014/03/i-present-you-my-globetrotter-blanket.html#links

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  29. Ale, I love it too!!!!! So different from the usual hats out there -- and you wear it perfectly! So pretty :)

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  30. what a fun hat! just great!prepare yourself for tones of appreciations wearing it! so happy, love the colors! PS charts are blessings,love them :)

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  31. Now that is a happy hat! The Japanese craft books are just perfect aren't they.

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