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.