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?
15 thoughts on “FO: Gem”
Very pretty hat, I love the colors! Nice soft focus effect in the photos as well!
Cute! I don’t know how to crochet, but plan to learn in the new year.
very cute! I have always wanted to crochet a hat that looks like that. Cute coat too!
cute hat, and hey, i love your coat! can we get another shot of it? 🙂
What a beautiful hat! It really looks great with your red hair. I do not have great crochet skills, but I would love to give that hat a try. I most certainly need to get a copy of that book!
It looks great!
I’ve been looking at that book, is it worth it? How much crochet is in it vs knitting?
It looks fantastic!
Really nice. I used to crochet a lot of hats very like that. Crochet lends itself especially well to working in the round.
Great hat! It’s really cute on you!
Looks great on you. I love the speed of crochet.