Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas & charity crochet hats

Occasionally I come across a pattern which I adore and just want to make over and over again. It's called Reversible Strands and has been favorited on Ravelry almost 8000 times so evidently other hookers are loving this pattern as much as me! The swirling lines of the cable / front post stiches are very pleasing to me.

At my charity crochet group Yak & Yarn we have decided to move onto making hats for the homeless this winter as well as scarfs so I was looking on Ravelry at crochet men's hat patterns and came up with this one. The designer, Nancy Smith, is particularly talented with crochet cables. Looking at her website, NLS Stitchings, I discovered that she is friends with the amazing Margaret Hubert and has two stunning patterns in one of Margaret books which is also one of my favorite crochet books: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (2nd edition) 

I haven't exactly followed the pattern, I almost never do, but I am very happy with the resulting hats that I will give as gifts. The bright one is for one of my dearest friends in the UK and I made a more manly one for my brother. I will make more with my Yak & Yarn group for charity.

Crochet cables seems very on trend right now. The Fall edition of Interweave Crochet focuses on crochet cables with 10 cable projects and even tutorials for those new to cables from experts.

I have also flicked through a copy of the recently published Celtic Cable Crochet by Bonny Barker in the yarn store where I work. The Lavena Poncho on the front cover is even making the knitters want to learn to crochet! It is fantastic!

Let me know if you've been making anything with crochet cables recently. And have a great week y'all!


Jodiebodie said...

Wow! Knitters being attracted to crocheted cables over knitted ones? Well I never! That's impressive.

Having access to all the new book and pattern releases must be a super benefit of working in a yarn store. Lucky thing! :-)

Tamara said...

It's a pretty stunning pattern. So hurrah for crochet!

I love being in the yarn store - my favorite time of the week :)

Nancy Smith said...

Thank you for the wonderful compliments on my designs! Your hat looks great!! :)

Tamara said...

I'm so happy you found my post Nancy. We have been making even more of your reversible strands hats for charity. In fact, my blog post this week is about hats again and has a photo of more of your reversible strand hats ready to be donated to the homeless. We love the pattern!!

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