Monday, November 15, 2010

A Cloche Call

This little cloche was inspired by Portland's rainy weather and the sometimes cumbersome nature of umbrellas.  I hate getting rained on but find it's not always easy to carry around my umbrellas, especially when running errands.   There were two balls of Malabrigo lace weight, colour Frank Ogre, hanging out in my stash and I decided to put them to good use.  I used four strands together, (hold both ends of each ball as you knit), to make a warm, water-resistant cloche hat.  The blue version is made from a worsted weight yarn, Shepherd's Worsted in Misty Blue, available from my LYS, Urban Fiber Arts at 428 NW 11th Ave, in Portland's Pearl District.  If you aren't lucky enough to live in Portland, you can find Urban Fiber Arts here, http://urbanfiberarts.com/.  Thanks to the owner, Cindy Abernathy, for the use of Millicent the mannequin.



A Cloche Call
Chartreuse cloche: 2 skeins Malabrigo Lace in Frank Ogre                         
Blue cloche:  1 skein Shepherd's Worsted in Misty Blue
1 pair size 10 needles
1 pair 16” circular needles, size 9
1 button
Gauge:  4 sts to 1” on smaller needles
*Remember if you are using the Malabrigo Lace you will be holding 4 strands together as you work.  Use the ends from both the inside and the outside of each ball*
This cloche almost didn’t happen.  It originally started as a gauge swatch that I thought might look nice as a knitted headband.  As I was casting off on the final row of the band I decided to turn the work and keep going.  The hat kind of just evolved from there.  
Cast on 12 sts with size 10 needles and work in garter st for 6 rows
Buttonhole:  knit 5, k2tog, yo, knit to end
Work 7 more rows, place removable marker or scrap yarn to mark this row 
Work in garter st until piece measures 21”
Bind off, leaving last st on needles
Using the 16” circular needles pick up 101 sts along the 
edge of hat, between the last bind off st and the marked row


Mark beginning of row with marker
(Remember to switch to double pointed needles when there are too few stitches to fit comfortably on circular needles)
Join and work in stockinette st in the round for 2”
Decrease row 1:  ssk, knit 15, repeat to end of row
Work 1 row plain
Decrease row 2:  ssk, knit 14, repeat to end of row
Work 1 row plain
Decrease row 3:  ssk, knit 13, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 4:  ssk, knit 12, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 5:  ssk, knit 11, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 6:  ssk, knit 10, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 7:  ssk, knit 9, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 8:  ssk, knit 8, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 9:  ssk, knit 7, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 10:  ssk, knit 6, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 11:  ssk, knit 5, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 12:  ssk, knit 4, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 13:  ssk, knit 3, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 14:  ssk, knit 2, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 15:  ssk, knit 1, repeat to end of row
Decrease row 16:  ssk, repeat to end of row
Cut yarn, leaving a tail about 6” long
With yarn on a darning needle, thread through remaining sts and pull tight
Weave in ends
Sew on button to correspond to buttonhole
Wear and enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. Super cute and I can't wait to try it out!

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  2. Thank you Skye! Welcome to the blog1

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  3. I just stopped by to read your blog. I saw your hats on Ravelry and admired them. Supper cute! Thanks for all the patterns.!

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