Wanted to get something done for HSF #9 but I was on vacation so it had to be portable and small, so I decided to do a yarncraft project. I thought I might like a cloche hat to go with my (future) 1920s day dress so I ordered a vintage crochet pattern planning to adorn it with peacock feathers for the “fauna” part of the challenge. But the pattern didn’t come in time so I decided to use the Escargot pattern from Knitty by the talented Veronica Parsons. I had stumbled across this pattern while looking on Ravelry for possible adapted vintage patterns, and it is so cute! The “flora and fauna” part is that it is inspired by the shape of a snail shell. I wish I had thought of that myself! It’s historically iffy, because I can’t find any historical evidence for knit cloche hats, only crochet. But I do find evidence of knit hats in similar gauge, just not cloche hats, and the shape is very consistent with one of the hats in the vintage pattern I ordered. And cotton yarn was definitely used (but probably not modal!). The colors don’t go with the dress at all, but they were what I had in stash. I am now envisioning a long sports sweater to go along with the hat.
Here are pictures (not great, I had to take them myself):
They are faded for effect, the actual yarn is a very saturated red.
What I love: Everything. I love everything about this hat. It was pretty easy, and it looks great.
What I learned: Swatch, but then trust the swatch. After I finished the brim I thought this hat would be too big, so I decreased the number of stitches, but now I think it is a little tight. Oh well! Still fits.
Love it or leave it? LOVE IT! I want to make more.
The challenge: 9, Flora and Fauna
The pattern: Escargot, by Veronica Parsons
Fabric: Knit Picks Shine (Cotton/Modal blend)
Year: later 1920s
How accurate is it? Plausible but not proven! Maybe 60% for accurate shape/design but questionable construction and materials.
Hours to complete: About 5
First worn: For pics today.
Total cost: Stash yarn, but originally less than $10 (uses fewer than 3 skeins of $3 yarn).