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Crazy for Cloches!

I seriously think I was born in the wrong decade (or even era) sometimes. I don't know why but I always seem to gravitate towards the fashions of long before I was born, in particular those of the 1920's and 30's. I love black and white movies and when it comes to tv shows, I usually have Antenna TV, MeTv or Cozi in the background as I knit.

I guess it makes sense then that I'm totally bonkers over cloche hats. I especially love crocheting them and have in fact sold quite a few through Etsy and even eBay a few years back. And I certainly love designing them as well. I have both knit and crochet cloche designs in my collection: Cloche Hat with Two Flowers (crochet), Esther Cloche Hat (crochet), Laces Out Cloche, Northern Belle Cloche... and now, the Shells Cloche Cap (photo further down in post).
Cloche Hat with Two Flowers

Here's a funny story (at least I can laugh about it now) that's somewhat related... I've been cutting my own hair now for about 2 years. Usually it's just an inch off the bottom and I'll add in a small layer to calm it down a bit since my hair is pretty wavy. This last time though, for whatever reason I really wanted extremely short bangs. I guess after throwing all of my hair up in a ponytail for like ever with a center part I was getting pretty bored. I have a relatively high forehead too so felt like I needed some coverage. Well, I cut bangs into my hair and they looked pretty cute but now they didn't go with the rest of my 'do which was a shoulder length bob. Long story short (pun intended), I hacked off a good 4 inches plus added tons of layers. I freaked out at first thinking what had I done but then realized that it felt so light and I felt so free that I wondered why I hadn't done this before. My hair is now a breeze to style (just some mousse and I let it air dry) and it looks a bit different everyday depending on how wavy it decides to get. I guess it's a cross between Amelie and Molly Ringwald's 'do in Pretty in Pink. Also, and here's the best part... it looks great in a cloche. :) Perhaps my subconscious was secretly guiding my scissors... hmmm. Here's to happy accidents!

Here's the Shells Cloche Cap without further ado (you can see how short my hair is)...
Shells Cloche Cap
I usually don't look so serious. I think it was the hot weather and me having to wear a hat in it.

The Shells Cloche Cap can be made from any Aran or Worsted weight yarn you wish. I personally think that a slightly thicker yarn weight really helps to make the wavy edge of the hat hold its shape better. I used Bernat Super Value yarn in Soft Gray to make this one.

The pattern is available on Ravelry here.

Spoilers! (you can tell I'm also a Dr. Who fan) I'm currently working on a website where I make and sell nothing but cloche hats. I'll feature a few styles in various colors. I plan to officially launch it in the beginning of September.

Introducing: Arched Shells Cowl

I am admittedly quite the yarn snob. I even wrote a post concerning this a while ago. For some reason I just couldn't bring myself to either purchase or use any acrylic yarn. This lasted for well over a decade. 

Well, it's Summer and money for materials after all necessary expenses (food, rent, medicine etc.) is a bit tight. I can't shut my brain or my hands down though so I took a trip over to my local AC Moore store and purchased some Bernat Super Value acrylic yarn in the shade Soft Grey. I was seriously taken aback at how many more yarn brands and contemporary colors they had in stock. I had to walk through a couple of aisles before finally making my decision and settling on the Bernat. Acrylic yarns overall are a lot softer than I remember. Perhaps I'm turning over a new leaf and will certainly consider using them a great deal more in my designs.

The Arched Shells Cowl crochet pattern features a lace design composed of shells or fans and arches. It can be made from any Worsted or Aran weight yarn and the size is totally adjustable. The pattern includes instructions in case you wish to make the cowl longer and/or wider.

The Arched Shells Cowl pattern is available on Ravelry here.

Introducing: Crater Cowl Crochet Pattern

I'm still currently on a crochet kick and my Crater Cowl pattern is my latest creation. The holes in the design kept reminding me of all the mysterious craters that are recently being found throughout Siberia. The green shade of the cowl also brought to mind the old saying "the moon is made of green cheese" and as we all know, the moon is riddled with craters.

This cowl is crocheted in the round from the bottom up. If you know how to work dc (double crochet) stitches and make them into shell clusters you'll have no problem making it. It looks a bit more complicated than what it is (I promise!).

I used a skein of Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted yarn in the lovely neon green shade Grinch Green. I love this yarn! It's so unbelievably soft and the color has subtle tonal variations throughout. I'm planning on making this cowl for myself in gray, however this bright pop of color might be just what my mostly black, navy and gray wardrobe need. It certainly would be striking to say the least.

The pattern is available on Ravelry here.