WIP Wednesday: Explosive Crochet with the Atomic Hat

A few weeks ago I had a bag of leftover Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light sitting on my desk that was begging for a reason to be used. When I saw my colleague crocheting up a swatch of the Atomic Hat, a project heavy with cables, I zeroed in on a major crochet opportunity. Eureka! I had a chance not only to use this beautiful yarn, but I could also spruce up my crochet cable work.

atomic hat

It turns out that this was the perfect project for the yarn and for me. I love bitty projects that I can tackle in a moment of spare time. The Atomic Hat is my “work project” that I work on during Crochet-yay – Crochet Corner’s dedicated crafting time. Zipping through the foundation double crochet stitches wasn’t a problem. It was the treble crochet stitches that worked into the cables were a little tricky because of their height. It made the stitches ungainly as I reached down to lower rows. Admittedly, I dropped stitches on the first few rounds in my attempt to find a good gauge.

A few rounds later, I started to fall into the rhythm of a round of double crochet followed by some sort of post work that created the lovely cables that give the hat its distinct flare. And then I’d make a mistake. I know what to do when I encounter a problem though. I had just written a Lisa’s List on how to work your way through pattern problems! Funnily enough, I broke almost all of the rules by running straight to a colleague for help! We both exploded with laughter at the irony. Afterwards, I dug into the pattern on my own and was able to work passed my trouble spots.

atomic hat

I still have a few rounds to go and quite a bit of decreasing to work through, but I bet I can finish it during the next round of Crochet-yay! Stay tuned for the finished product!

Have any of you made the Atomic Hat? Do you have any suggestions for my next crochet project?

Keep that hook moving,


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