Pattern: Gem, from Heartfelt: The Dark House Collection by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Noro Kochoran, about 3/4 of 1 skein
Hook: US J (6mm)
Notes: At last, a hat that I might actually wear out of the house! I originally crocheted it to pattern specs, but it was too big for me. I ripped back and ended up leaving out the last 2 increase rows, producing a hat that is just as floppy as I would like, and one that I think looks like the hat in the pattern. I did get stitch gauge with this yarn, but my rows were too tall, something which matters on something like a hat! I cut the yarn at the end, and used a darker blue band for the final round of single crochet – I really like the way it looks! Kochoran was nice to work with – in fact, it’s possible that I enjoyed it more for crochet than knitting. It’s slightly thick and thin, and I think this is hidden better in the bumpiness of crochet. I can’t tell if I’m allergic to it, but even if I am I’m wearing it anyway – this is the only hat I own which is actually flattering, and which doesn’t wreck my hair.
The pattern was well written. Since I substituted yarns and didn’t use any beads, I cannot comment on those aspects of the pattern. I did wish it had been charted, as it would have prevented a few mistakes. I like it when crochet patterns include both written directions and charts, so that I can check them against each other.
And it only took 3 hours total, including ripping and re-crocheting – not bad, right?