2 is finished! I used the Bottom's Up version and Bergere de France Bergereine 50% wool and 50% cotton in violet. After seeing all the cute bucket hats with flowers on them (a big SHOUT OUT to Wendy
, whose hat was the first I spied with a crocheted flower on it), I just had to be a big copycat and add one, too. I have a straw bowler's hat with a flower on the side of the brim that I bought in Coyoacan, Mexico City, and I wanted to do something similar. So I did! (Putting a little detail on the hat makes all the difference, I've discovered.) This particular hat is going to be sent overseas to my niece, but my son kindly modeled it so we can see how it looks worn. As always, he likes to make wacky faces because it gives him a kick to see them in the camera viewer. Hehe.
The flower was fun to knit. I came up with it myself, and didn't follow any instructions or pattern. It's easy: I knit each petal individually and then used the ends to tie them together. I pulled the yarns through a stitch in the hat and knotted. In the middle I placed a crocheted bobble. The petals are small so the whole thing went very quickly. (Instructions below
I'll be doing a few bucket hats for the summer portion of the knitalong
, so expect more to come. As for the other knitalongers, we've got some more finished bucket hats! Crissy
has finished a Bottom's Up
for her little girl. Jaz
knit a Bottom's Up
and models it in a great shot with the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge in the background [!]. Jillian models her bucket hat
(knit in a beautiful peach color and decorated it with a flower from La Droguerie) in a great picture with her dog Boo. Emy
has two wonderful hats: a Bottom's Up using GGH Samoa
and another Bottom's Up using GGH Samoa and Muench String of Pearls
's brother shows us how a bucket hat
can work as a sailor hat. Julia
looks like a rock star in wonderful beach BUP
. Wow! I like looking at all these hats knit in different yarns and colors.
Today is June 20, so this brings the spring portion of my Bottom's Up Bucket Knitalong to a close
. Now's the fun but difficult part: Picking a photo + hat that will get some fabby French yarn as a prize. In the meantime, sign-ups for the summer portion of the knitalong have been re-opened and you can sign up here
For my knitted flower
: You can use scraps. I used Rowan Cotton Glace in white for the petals (size 3mm needles) and Rowan Cotton Glace in yellow, DOUBLED, for the bobble (size 5mm crochet hook). You can use yarns in other weights and you'll basically get the same results. Play around with different yarns to obtain wider petals, etc. If you're using a heavier yarn for the bobble, you might want to use the yarn singled.
Petals: Cast on 1 st. Turn work. Knit the stitch. Turn work. Increase by knitting in the stitch twice. Turn work. Knit across. Turn work. Increase by knitting in the first stitch twice; k remaining stitch. Knit 5 rows even. Knit 2 sts together at the beginning of the next row. Turn work. Knit across. Knit 2 sts together at the beginning of the next row. Turn work. Knit remaining stitch. Bind off, then cut yarn and pull through. (Knit as many petals as you want; I knit six for the hat. You can knit more and overlap them.)
Crocheted bobble: Chain 3. Work double crochet three times in first loop on chain. Pull yarn through all loops. Chain one and then bind off. Use ends to sew onto the middle of the flower.