Sewrella 30-min Hat: Why I Love This Pattern + Brim Alteration

First and foremost, I love the Sewrella blog. Definitely, give it a look if you haven’t already. I’m sure you will fall in love with at least one of her adorable patterns!

As for the subject of discussion –  check out the post here. She also offer’s an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of the pattern as well.

  

Pattern in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Raisin and Kale

Why I Love It

It satisfies the triple constraint of:

  1. Time: works up in 30 minutes
  2. Cost: uses less than one skein yarn
  3. Quality: it looks and fits great!

And one of the key ingredients is the recommended yarn Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. It comes in a lot of interesting colourways, varying in colour, texture, and pattern. By mixing these together you can come up with all sorts of different looks to fit all different styles.

Another reason I love this pattern is that its simplistic nature makes it a perfect candidate for experimentation!

One of my goals is to be able to write my own patterns, and as such, I’ve been trying to modify written patterns as a first step before jumping into designing something on my own.

So far I’ve made 2 alterations to this hat. One that I like, and one that I didn’t. And because it works up so fast, if my experiment doesn’t pan out I’m not ripping back hours of work. This pattern is an amazing launching pad for designing your own hats, and I’m very excited to see where I can take it next! Pom poms anyone?

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Modified Pattern in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Black (hat) and Blackstone (brim)

Alteration: Textured Brim

This textured brim is made by adding a second colour for contrast and using front-post and back-post stitches for ribbing.

Work the pattern exactly as written from rows 1-9.

Row 10: Change to brim colour, dc each stitch around, sl st to join, ch 2
Row 11: Alternate fpdc, bpdc, in each stitch around, sl st to join, ch 1
Row 12: Alternate fpsc, bpsc, in each stitch around, sl st to join.
Finish off, weave in ends.

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