Thursday, February 5, 2009
These multi-colored bucket-style hats feature a rounder crown and a more expansive brim for greater sun protection. They are ideal crochet hats for active world travelers.
The crochet stitching in this e-pattern is easy. The challenge is in the striping effects. Two variations allow you to work at your own level of experience and expertise.
Choose from simple random striping incorporating a variegated yarn with two solid color yarns or a more complex zigzag striping inspired by fibre art created with Ikat textile weaving.
Ikat textile patterning is an ancient South-east Asian weaving technique - yarns are dyed selectively so that a pattern appears as it is woven into cloth.
The crochet e-pattern includes comprehensive instructions in a worksheet format supported by a summary table for quick reference, motif charts and tips for changing colors without getting in a tangle.
Soft, breathable, lightweight cotton yarn is available all over the world. The yarns used in these hats are from Norway, Italy and Brazil. You will need 3 x 50g skeins of fingering (fine weight) or 4 ply cotton to complete one hat.
E-patterns are available from Bandana Heads on Etsy - specializing in hats and headbands for travelers.