Charity Hats Made In 2010

Monday, May 5, 2014

There Go All Those Little Alleyways...

Ankh-Morpork Inspired Touque – from the Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett

Imagine a flat world floating through space on the back of four elephants, who, in turn, are on the back of a giant turtle and you have Discworld. On the Discworld is a city called Ankh-Morpork where failed wizards rub elbows with heroes, assassins, trolls, and the wee folk. This is what I imagine a citizen of Ankh-Morpork would wear. 

(2) Contrasting Colors of Bulky Weight Yarn (one ball of approx 100 yds each should work).  Any weight and hook could work, just make sure it doesn’t get to peakish before your edge is wide enough.
Size 5.0 Crochet hook, or one what doesn’t vex you too much if your yarn is very complicated.
(1) large eyed yarn needle for weaving the ends in.

First step: measure the circumference of the recipient’s head.   Divide by four and round up to the nearest  ½” .  For instance, my head is approx 22”, which means that the bottom of each hat panel with be 5.5” across. 

Hat Panel (make 4)
Ch 14.
Row 1 – sc in the 2nd chain from hook and continue until one cH remains.  Work 3 sc in the last CH. Turn work so that your next stitches are made in the bottom side of the chain, directly opposite of the ones you just made (28 stitches)   Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2 – sc in each stitch until you reach the center stitch of the three 3c you made in of the previous ARCH.  Make 3 sc in the center stitch and continue with sc to the other side of the ARCH.  Pick up your contrasting color.
Here’s an example of what a NOT-SO-Complicated yarn looks like.


Remaining ARCHES:  Work as for Turn 2, switching colors as alternately until the straight side of the hat panel reaches the measurement you determined would be your head circumference divided by four.  (For me it was 5.5 inches.)   Fasten off.  

Sew the four panels together so that each peak of the ARCH is at the crown and the flat part becomes the part of the hat near your face .   I recommend pausing at this point to weave your ends in so you have a nice Clean line to start with before you start the edging band.

Edging:  Join whichever color you wish at any point on the Straight EDGE, ch 1 and sc evenly around the open end of the hat and join.   Try it on.  This will give you an idea of how many rows you will need to make the edging band and if your hat is just a little too big around you can do a few evenly spaced decreases until it’s as snug as you like it. 
Continue with as many rounds of sc until your edging band is long enough to suit you.   Fasten off and weave in the edging band ends. 

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