The Jayne Hat

You know it must be love if you’re willing to make something that looks like this for your spouse.  And not only make it, but make 2 so he can send one to a long-lost friend overseas.  And to top it all off I don’t even watch the show that the design of the hat originated from!

So with all that being said, this is the Jayne hat (a.k.a. the cunning hat) from Firefly.  Yes, I know I have too much orange at the bottom.  This particular hat has a few things about it that don’t put it at the top of my list of fun projects.  First of all it’s done all in single crochet (I much prefer double crochet hats because they shape much better).  Second, these 2 particular hats were made with sport weight yarn instead of worsted weight yarn – skinnier yarn means more stitches – more stitches means longer to make.

But I have to admit that one good thing did come from the making of this hat (as I’m still in he middle of the second – hence the In Progress category).  I have discovered that I am actually able to make the fuzzy pom on the top on my own.  I had given up on making them years ago after nearly every attempt I made was on the limp side & had strands of yarn falling out whenever it got moved.

If you’re interested in a pattern, there are several on the internet.  I don’t happen to know where the pattern I used is located (hubby found it for me – probably with a Google search).  If there are any requests, I’ll post my pattern.

Thanks for looking!

New year – new project

This holiday season I seemed to have more projects than usual, mostly due to being part of a craft fair held through my church.  Once they were done I found myself wanting to get to work, but not having a project to work on.  Then one fell in my lap.  My church (again it’s the church – lol) is having its 20th birthday in about 2 weeks and have been asking for donations for a silent auction.  Sounds like a perfect project to me!  So I volunteered an afghan.  I’ve been almost obsessive about working on it…  fairly common for me when I try a new pattern that I just love.

The pattern I’m making is from the Red Heart site, but I do have to caution anyone who would like to make the pattern.  I’m not sure who tested the pattern, but there are a few things that need correcting.  The cluster stitches at the center of the hexagons and running the sides are not the puff stitch decribed in the instructions.  I used a double crochet cluster instead (3 double crochets sharing the same top loop – I’ll add directions at the end of the post).  That still didn’t give it quite the same look, so I believe the afghan pictured used a triple crochet cluster. 

Another issue is the hook size listed.  The pattern asks for a 5.0mm hook (H-8), but that would throw the gauge way off.  Even using a 6.5mm and the double crochet cluster my hexagons were only 5.5in across.  Another reason I think the actual pattern used triple crochet clusters.

I’m debating whether or not I should eliminate the second row of clusters from the center panel (the portion pictured above) and add a section with popcorn stitches like the ones on the right to make the overall look a little more symmetrical.  I just love the look of popcorn stitches on this type of project.

I’m also having trouble deciding on the value of this piece.  I need to come up with a price for it since it has to be listed for the donation.  The yarn cost is only about $20.  So far I’ve worked on it for about 4 days and looking like I have about 3 or 4 more to finish (working in the evenings only).  I’ve never been good at doing these estimates because what I calculate always seems too high.

Anyway…  I’m making this with Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White (since I had a couple skeins on hand).  It looks like it’s going to take about 6 skeins total. 

And now to explain the stiches I mentioned… 

First the double crochet cluster  – yarn over (yo), insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yo, insert into stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, insert into stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo pull through all 4 loops.

And the triple crochet cluster – yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo & pull through all 4 loops.