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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Crocheted Bicycle Cap

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        We may be looking at yarn, but what I see is potential! A wild WIP appeared on my Instagram last night, and gradually formed itself into a cute bicycle cap made from the yarn shown here. Well, I helped it just a little.

       It was crafted mostly on-the-fly, with a basic design in mind. The pictures show how it went from fiber to fashion. If you'd like to see the transformation, read on! I'm going to show you how I did it.

       I started with a hexagon. I crocheted a small loop, then added six single-crochet stitches into that same loop. Then, I went around again, crocheting two into each stitch. I continued to go around, increasing each of the six sections by crocheting two-in-one-stitch on stitches that had been increased on the previous row. This was done until the hexagon looked big enough to fit over my head.
       When it looked big enough, I stopped increasing for a few rows, and then started to fake-decrease by converting the single-crochet into something that I think is called a thermal stitch. Basically, I skip every other stitch, and chain one instead.
       When it came time to make the brim, I had to do it over a couple times. The first time, it curled too much, because of the way I had decreased on the edges of the brim. On my second go, I discovered that this problem could be corrected by increasing in the center of the brim. That's what gives the hat its three-cornered look in front.

        You can't see it, but I also added a band under the brim in a stitch that I... can't really describe. I know it probably wasn't the proper way to decrease... or the proper way to do a quadruple crochet (if there is such a thing?), but I didn't argue with it. What works works! The band goes around the bottom of the cap to help it fit around the head, and also helps keep the brim from flopping down.
        The strap is braided; made of three two-row strands attached to the hat. After they were braided together, they were trimmed with black to accent the strap, and help keep the braid held together. The button the fastens the strap down is also black, and made in a way similar to how I started the hexagon.
        More black trim finishes off the hat, with a double-thick trim helping to shape the brim. The end result is a cute hat that actually fits! Hey, for a crochet n00b like me, that's a win.

Thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this article, you may also like to check out some of my other posts. Here's what I recommend now:
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