photogenic hat

When Alyska was a very young little girl she had this wonderful multicolored cloche hat that she was wearing all the time.  And she attracted all kind of comments … and photographers.  We remember those Asian tourists in Amsterdam asked her to pose with her hat.  One day, the hat was no longer her favorite – probably because of the pink – but I kept this photogenic hat like a little treasure.

I found this beautiful vintage pattern on Honey! Crochet Patterns by Olivia with the idea to base myself on her patter to re-create Alyska’s photogenic hat.  Perhaps, this one is the closest pattern…

Photogenic hat.
Photogenic hat.



alyska’s poncho

Birthday girl.  Birthday present.  Birthday poncho.

We shopped together at my favorite shop Eat.Sleep.Knit for her favorite color pattern. We opted again for Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash – mainly because of the price – made of 100% Superwash Wool, washable in the machine at 40F.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50.

  • 5 skeins of Navy – color 854 (I used 1 full skein for the cowl)
  • 2 skeins of Ridge Rock – color 874A
  • Total weight of finished poncho: 838 grams

The pattern is ‘cowl-neck poncho’ by Simone Francis, published in the Simply Crochet magazine [issue 25], that you can purchase online.

Here is a similar pattern as a CAL.  Very useful with video.

Between the moment I started this poncho in February and this day in October, I decided to frog what I had done so far and give it another try.

Cowl – that’s where you start … with a chain 84 [with a 6 mm hook] and a slip stitch to join in the first chain to form a ring.  From there it’s main front and back post DC.  I made a 22 cm long cowl.

For the body, using a 5 mm hook, I did about 10-12 rows of granny stitches in Navy then alternated:

  • 7 rows of Ridge Rock
  • 10-12 rows of blue
  • 5 rows of Ridge Rock
  • blue again
  • 3 rows of Ridge Rock
  • finishing with 5 rows of blue [I think I made a total of about 47 rows].

There are 134 fringes made of 6 pieces of yarn …

The February birthday present was given on October 23rd  … Perfect for the beautiful autumns in North Carolina!

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