Project Title and Brief Description
Toddler sunhat; free pattern from newsletter Caron Connections #84, designer Vickie Howell, made with cotton yarn for stability. The pattern can be found at http://www.caron.com/vickiehowell/patterns/flopsy_hat/flopsy_hat.html and they have a link for a Printer-Friendly PDF, which I greatly appreciate!! Vickie posted three photos, with details fairly visible, although she made the hat in black & white and I have a terrible time crocheting with black yarn and poor eyesight. She has instructions for ages 6-12 months and 12-24 months.
Why Was This Your Best Project From 2010?
The toddler -- my granddaughter -- loved the hat and actually wore it and she didn't need strings tied under her chin! She's a fair-skinned redhead like her Oma (grandmother, i.e., the crocheter) and we have to protect her from the sun. I wanted a hat with a floppy brim that wasn't too floppy, and this design allowed her to see just fine while still protecting much of her face. I used cotton yarn because it stayed fairly firm even after laundering. I was afraid acrylics or other materials would get more and more limp with each laundering. I liked the picot edging, although you can't see it in my amateur photo.
Normally I do not like granny squares, so this was a leap of faith for me. Vickie Howell's pattern was easy to follow.
- It was the first time I crocheted a hat based on four granny squares for the sides of the hat, first time making a cap with a brim. I was not happy with the look of the lilac-pink-white colors of the varegated yarn so promptly made another cap with bright spring green, with white centers to the granny squares and white edging on the brim. I wish I'd taken a photo of that one. The biggest challenge for me was stitching single crochets evenly around the bottoms of the four joined granny squares to start the brim. I'd avoid ombres and varegated yarns for this, but would recommend worsted weight 4-ply cotton.