Sunday, March 02, 2014
FO: Anastasia Hat from Inside Crochet Issue 50
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I developed an obsession with this hat, from Inside Crochet issue 50.
The original was navy, dark pink and silver and I loved its texture, which reminded me of Mackintosh roses.
Being a beginner crocheter, I was wary of paying £5.50 a ball for the yarn, in case it all went wrong. So I scoured the internet for sale bargains.
This is still the recommended yarn, (Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky) but I only paid £3.70 a ball. The catch was that I didn't have the full range of colours to choose from at that price.
I thought I had chosen black, orange and turquoise... but when it arrived, it turned out to be black, brick and slate.
But it is not a colour combination I would ever have picked out in real life.
It's just ever so slightly off key.
The crown is a bit lumpy, as I wasn't sure I was following the instructions correctly. I ended up with an extra rose on every row, and needed an extra row of roses to get that slightly slouchy fit.
I am pleased to report that crochet is wonderfully quick to unravel when you make a mistake :)
Overall, I am pretty happy with the finished object.
And I enjoyed the novelty of the process.
I don't think I am about to become a rabid hooker, but I am seriously considering making the Mystery Blanket from issues 48 through 51 of Inside Crochet. I bought Issue 51 yesterday. A friend from the Yarn Yard Ravelry group is sending me issue 49 (I am making a p-hop donation to express my thanks). And I might have to bite the bullet and order the pdf download of Issue 48 to get the pattern for that all-important central motif.
So maybe I will use up my cotton dk stash this year after all!