The Pefect Fall Hat
The hat, the perfect single-skein project, is the quintessential cold weather accessory. One of the most popular handmade gifts, a hat is a great way to learn a new technique. I love to crochet hats, and now there are five new hat patterns in my queue, thanks to Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011.
I fell in love with the cabled brim and eye-catching button of the Blueberry Trellis Hat as soon as we received the sample cap at the Interweave offices. The easy cable twining around the brim is the perfect intro project for those wanting to learn how to crochet cables, and the crown is finished in half double crochet. I finished my own Blueberry Trellis Hat before the printed magazine even arrived on my desk. A second hat for my sister is on my hook now.
The Flutter By Hat is a great accessory for cool fall or spring evenings. The thread butterfly adds a touch of whimsy to this lacy chapeau, and this quick project will be the perfect gift for a good friend of mine who loves butterflies. If you aren't as fond of butterflies, try adding a crocheted flower or a striking button.
The adorable Pumpkin Hat is the perfect topper for any little tyke this fall. Sized from infant to child, this easy pattern uses stitches worked in the back loop only, to create vertical ridges just like those on a real pumpkin. The bright color and playful stem will make this hat a favorite year-round. I plan to stockpile a couple of these adorable caps for baby shower gifts.
Sized from child to adult, the Stocking Hat is great for the entire family. The self-striping yarn and pom-pom add extra interest to this easy hat. I am planning to crochet a Stocking Hat for myself and a second version for my niece.
If you want to learn crocheted intarsia, the T. Rex Hat and Mitts are wonderful projects for a little boy. And if you want to learn double-ended Tunisian crochet in the round, the Tunisian Striped Hat is a perfect easy project for boys and girls of all ages, and the color combo options are endless.