So today I finished up the hat for my friend’s grandson.
I’m really pleased with it!
I’ve been working on variations for this design. However, this started largely due to my need to tweak the shaping.
In order to get a hat that behaved more like the one worn by everyone’s favorite elf, I needed to experiment and play with the shaping. Because there’s a big difference between how the fabric from a tiny felt cone hat on a doll behaves, compared to the fabric of a larger hat crocheted in yarn behaves.
One of the keys to its shaping is in what type of yarn you use. And if you don’t use the right kind, you have to make up for it by changing the stitches. So it looks like my pattern variations may be more involved than I first thought.
Which brings up something. I’ve come to realize that the way I prefer to write patterns is as teaching tools. It’s not enough for me to write every step in terms of “Row 1; Row 2” without a holistic approach. I want people to succeed at replicating what I’ve come up with. Which takes some explaining when it comes to technique, yarn and tools. And depending on your materials, it might require some problem solving too.
So that means more photos and writing.
Anyway, here are some quick shots I took of the final hat before my friend whisked it away tonight. What d’you think?
2 responses to “More about the Christmas Elf Hat design that I’m developing…”
Yes, I love that result! Can’t wait to buy the pattern and make a bunch myself. (I too disliked other elf hat designs, but don’t have the chops to make up my own). COOL!
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