Crochet in a Whirl
We all need a crochet beanie with a bit of spunk in our collection. You know, something that is fun or colorful or architectural or just plain silly. These hats bring a smile to everyone's face, including our own, while keeping our ears and heads warm. And they can be really fun to crochet, often incorporating innovative construction techniques.
An excellent example of a cool architectural hat is the Fire Whirl Hat by Shelby Allaho. This brilliant chapeau is perfect for men and women alike and can transform with just a quick tug. Pull the brim down low over your ears for a striped beanie with a bit of texture or push it up and allow the 3-D tier effect to become the star of the show.
The 3-D layering is accomplished through simple stitch placement, working into the top of stitches, around the post, or through individual loops of the post. Rows of treble crochet stitches are separated by simple single crochet rows creating a juxtaposition of structures. The design is brilliant.
Also exciting is use of the invisible fasten off. This allows you to create seamless color changes, and I can see that I will be using this technique in future projects. Here is how she did it:
Invisible Fasten Off:
Cut yarn leaving a 2" tail, insert hook in blo of first st in rnd, yo and draw through lp on hook, insert hook in both lps of next st, yo with tail end and pull through st, insert hook in flo of last st in rnd, yo, draw yarn through.
The Fire Whirl Hat is sized for the whole family, from infant to adult, and makes a fabulous quick gift. I think these hats would add a fun touch to a family portrait; they would also be perfect for that snowboarder or winter enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a unique hat design.
Order the Fire Whirl Hat kit today, and you will receive four skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted Yarn, one each in Charcoal Heather, Cranberry Swirl, Gray Heather, and Pine Shawdows. When your package arrives, pull out your crochet hook and enjoy both this fun pattern and the smiles it creates.
P.S. Which crochet hats do you prefer, elegant and subtle or funky and fun?