Are you ready to PARTAY?
To honor the 5th anniversary of the illustrious beginnings of the CLF we have a Crochet Along or CAL. Here are the rules:
- You may follow the pattern exactly should you choose, but you don’t have to.
- You can completely ignore the pattern and just try out the construction technique.
- As long as you are having FUN then you’re following the rules.
- Mistakes don’t matter, they aren’t life and death, you are having fun.
- No I am not going to draw a chart of the stitch patterns, it’s not going to happen no matter how much you ask me to do it, so go ahead and ask for one, but the answer will still be no.
- Please blog up your hats! Use CLF Birthday CAL as a tag or category, post them on Hookey.org I want to see what you make.
Ok, so you inspired me to write a pattern… But I won’t hold you to using it, though you might enjoy the construction technique. So, we’re going to experiment with the process. Yes, there will be pattern instructions, but I’m going to have quick video walking you through the construction at each stage of the hat.
This is a 3 part CAL so make sure you book mark the posts!
Part 1: The Band
Pattern Instructions: You are going to crochet a flat piece of fabric to make the band, this band in this pattern is 21 inches long, so if you need it wider then you should add one more set of diamonds or a few more plain rows (depending on HOW long the band needs to be). When you reach the desired length then you will turn the band so that right sides are facing (the bumps should be facing in) and you will seam it up using a single crochet. (You can sew it together too)
Learn the construction technique and screw the pattern: 1. decide how wide you want your band to be. 2. decide which stitch patterns to use. 3. crochet a swatch to approximate your gauge (that will let you know how many stitches to the inch to determine a fancy stitch repetition works out) 4. Start crocheting till it’s long enough and seam the sucker up.
Materials: 1 skein of Tracks (90% superwash merino/10% American Bison) from Buffalo Wool Company
Hook: 3.5 mm (Gauge: Diamond stitch pattern below row 1-13 = 3″x3″)
Stitches used: chain, half double, Puff Stitch (watch the video, just remember you won’t be doing double crochets between stitches.)
Row 1: Ch1, hdc into each st (16)
Row 2: Ch1, hdc into each st (16)
Row 3: Ch1 (counts as hdc), hdc into next 7 sts, Puff St, hdc into next 7 sts
Row 4: Ch 1, hdc into each st (16)
Row 5: Ch 1, hdc 6, puff st, hdc, puff st, hdc 7 (16)
Row 6: Ch 1, hdc into each st (16)
Row 7: Ch1, hdc 5, puff st, hdc, puff st, hdc, puff st, hdc 6
Row 8: Ch1, hdc into each stitch (16)
Row 9: Ch 1, hdc 6, puff st, hdc, puff st, hdc 7 (16)
Row 10: Ch1, hdc into each stitch (16)
Row 11: Ch1 (counts as hdc), hdc into next 7 sts, Puff St, hdc into next 7 sts
Row 12-16: Ch1, hdc into each stitch (16)
Row 17 to end: Repeat from Row 3 until desired length (7 diamonds in pattern to make 21″)