I don’t know why, but you always seem to inspire me to commit to large projects. Case in point: this hat.
Okay, I know it doesn’t look like much from the front, but what if we looked at it from another angle?
Okay, what about the back?
So yeah, my final Christmas present for the season (which I started on December 26, finished three weeks later, and was finally received last week. I’m awesome at Christmas, you guys.) came in the form of a fashionable hat. And for those of you who only know Dani from occasional mentions, this is a very Dani hat.
Which is kinda funny, given that my original idea was to shower her in an army of rabbits and it wasn’t until December 26th that it hit me that you can make fancy sunhats. With, like, decorations on them and stuff. And then, as I am wont to do, I promptly searched up a pattern and began crocheting an entire sunhat. In two weeks.
(Although admittedly this does pale in comparison to the epic saga that was the Matoki project.)
Anyway…The hat and hatband are adapted from this pattern, which is gorgeous, but also really small, so I had to add a few more rows of increase and adjust everything else accordingly. Also, the hatband is knitted and I, a novice knitter at best, struggled with trying to repeatedly knit 3 together before giving up in favor of something both simpler and faster.
The cherry blossoms, on the other hand, came from this website and I would like to take a moment to thank my mother for making me “as many as possible” (of which I wound up using about half) so I could get it done before I had to go back to school for the semester.
I think my favorite part of the whole experience was sewing the cherry blossoms onto the hat. I really like the way they look clumped together like that.
So, yeah. Will I ever make anything like this again? Who even knows, really? It definitely won’t be a regular thing—I don’t have that kind of patience. But at the same time, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to try and make something this elegant again.
So. Yeah. Merry Christmas in late January, Dani. I hope you like your hat.