The M@ssy Bun Cable Hat by Bella from Haken en zoo is my ultra favorite pattern. I just finish it as a full hat. Here is the video [and another explanatory video if needed].
The pattern is worked with a multiples of 10, starting with a ribbed brim of 9 chains, for 60 rows in the back loop only. To make a full hat, it’s just a question of decreasing until it get smaller and sew closed. Add a faux fur pompom to finish off.
I used Scheepjes Stone Washed XL [50 gr] – color code: 853 Amazonite and a 6-mm hook. The finished product with fur pompom weights 125 gr.
Scheepjes Stone Washed XL: yarn weight: aran | texture: cotton yarn with a tough name and a soft, woolly feel | yardage/meters: yards (75 meters) | skein weight: 50 grams ( ounces) | gauge: 14 stitches, 19 rows to 10 cm on 5 mm needles | recommended hook size: 5 mm | content: 70% Cotton x 30% Acrylic | care: 40 C, cold water.
One of the worst nightmares of any crocheteuse: running out of yarn at the end of a project. Frustration and despair hit you like a bullet in the face. You were so close to the finish line! I feel your pain … So what’s next? Full of hope, you go through all your stashes trying – desperately – to find the matching yarn. You just need a tiny bit to save your day [and project]. Unfortunately, it is the end. And all you are left to do, after you took some time [depending how bad you feel] to digest your ‘situation’, is one of the following:
- finish with another color which will be absolutely ugly and a constant reminder of your disaster. Not so a good idea.
- frog this last unfinished row and make it in another color. Could work …
- frog this incomplete row kin addition to the previous one to retrieve enough yarn do to the finishing row. I guess this would be your best choice.
While waiting for my Buyer’s appointment in Cumming, I decided to hit the road earlier in order to investigate some yarn shops along the way. Just at the idea, my wallet started shivering.
My first stop was at ‘Only Ewe & Cotton Too‘ at The Silos Marketplace in Alpharetta. After wishing the welcoming dog [which looked like a sheep] a happy 2, my eyes got attracted to this pure extrafine merino wool, made in Italy, by Lana Grossa.
The colors were wonderful and I wanted them all! After hesitating between two shades of pink, I went for this mint melange #133. Each skein is a 50 gr/160 m and costs $11.50.
My second stop in Alpharetta was a fiasco since there was no shop there….
If you have nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon, I have a new game for you! Better played with two, it’s exhilarant, charming, intelligent … Not. How to actually waste a ginormous time. I am simply talking about a whole skein that got entangled, creating devious knots that you need to free … Darn yarn!
Yarn can be so expensive or no longer available… I discovered this impressive way to find a substitute: yarn substitution. Keep this link handy when you shop!
A better, quicker and easier way to join a new ball of yarn into your project. Adios Russian Join … Here is a video tutorial by Grace Hernandez showing how to join a new ball of yarn to your crochet by making an invisible knot. This knot is very strong and leaves no ends to weave in. Isn’t that the ideal way?
Let’s try this! Here is another video [perhaps my favorite].
And below is another video for a better understanding …