My patterns really aren't created, they evolve from ideas I get from other hats. As I am making a hat my mind is constantly thinking of was to use elements from this hat with elements from other hats.
I found this lovely Honeycomb Beanie pattern on Ravelry and decided to tackle it. It is a very pretty hat when finished, but complicated to complete. The pattern increases very fast so the hat gets a little wonky (does not lay flat) in the beginning. When increasing you also need to pay attention because the rows build up unevenly. Once you get to the diamond in the pattern and they are constantly increasing and decreasing in the same row. There had to be a better way.
I used Google Images and found this lovely Diamond Hat pattern. Hallelujah! (Or so I thought.) This designer agreed that the Honeycomb Beanie is a beast to make, so she rewrote the pattern. I found her pattern and the only way to print is through her blog page. The pattern is written with the stitches on pictures of each row, sometimes with more than one picture for a row. I appreciate the detail and that this took a lot of time for her, but I wound up printing 22 pages of colored ink for one hat pattern!
But I grab my hook and a lovely pink yarn and start anyway.
But I continue working up the Diamond hat. The pattern lays nice and flat during the increases, but you really do need the pictures to figure out her pattern. It was still complicated to get started. We had tickets to a concert so I threw my work into my project bag and went to have some fun for the night.
This fixed some of my issues: Now it lays flat while evenly increasing. The Half Double Crochet I put in gave me great texture. And I had cut out the increase and decrease in each row of the diamond pattern. But the diamonds start much farther down the side of the hat than I wanted. Grrr... so close.
So I pulled out the pink hat I from night before, frog the thing and start over. The diamonds now start higher that my first attempt. Finally i think I have it.
By the way thank you to the testers. The Memory Blanket(s) For CT project has pretty much wrapped up and people were looking for things to crochet. Charity asked if anyone wanted to test patterns and we were blown away by the response!
I also want to thank my very patient husband who is constantly answering the question "How does this look?"...
~ Becky ~