We all need a crochet beanie with a bit of spunk in our
collection. You know, something that is fun or colorful or architectural or
just plain silly. These hats bring a smile to everyone's face, including our
own, while keeping our ears and heads warm. And they can be really fun to
crochet, often incorporating innovative construction techniques.
An excellent example of a cool architectural hat is the Fire
Whirl Hat by Shelby Allaho. This brilliant chapeau is perfect for men and women
alike and can transform with just a quick tug. Pull the brim down low over your
ears for a striped beanie with a bit of texture or push it up and allow the 3-D
tier effect to become the star of the show.
The 3-D layering is accomplished through simple stitch
placement, working into the top of stitches, around the post, or through
individual loops of the post. Rows of treble crochet stitches are separated by
simple single crochet rows creating a juxtaposition of structures. The design
Also exciting is use of the invisible fasten off. This
allows you to create seamless color changes, and I can see that I will be using
this technique in future projects. Here is how she did it:
Invisible Fasten Off:
Cut yarn leaving a 2" tail, insert hook in blo of first
st in rnd, yo and draw through lp on hook, insert hook in both lps of next st,
yo with tail end and pull through st, insert hook in flo of last st in rnd, yo,
draw yarn through.
The Fire Whirl Hat is sized for the whole family, from
infant to adult, and makes a fabulous quick gift. I think these hats would add
a fun touch to a family portrait; they would also be perfect for that
snowboarder or winter enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a unique hat
Order the Fire Whirl Hat kit today, and you will receive four
skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted Yarn, one each in Charcoal Heather, Cranberry
Swirl, Gray Heather, and Pine Shawdows. When your package arrives, pull out
your crochet hook and enjoy both this fun pattern and the smiles it creates.
P.S. Which crochet hats do you prefer, elegant and subtle or
funky and fun?