Randa is a mix-up of multiple stitch combos making it a fun hat to crochet. Much like the spunky, sassy, very feisty woman she is named after, Randa has a lot of character and truly steps outside of the box in terms of design. Then that pom pom on top really makes the uniqueness of this hat pop!
This pattern actually came together by accident. My husband asked me for a hat so I went to work designing something that would fit his head (he has an odd shaped head). Originally I started with the band then went on to the hat body. It wasn’t until later I re-worked the pattern to be top down and I will get into the benefit of working top down later.
Anywho, I whipped up this hat and gave it to him to try on and it fit perfectly! I loved everything about it. The lattice work was my attempt at making cabling, something I had not delved into yet (om-goodness I was soooo off lol). He liked the fit but looked at me with those “how do I tell you this” look and said. “Its really cool, but it seems kinda….. Fru Fru”. He’s a wonder with words sometimes.
So now I had this hat and no idea what to do with it. At that time I was not on Etsy, I didn’t have a website or even a domain name! What I did have was a Facebook account that I could post purchasable items to. So I posted it to my Facebook shop, and thought to myself (because even though I loved this hat I was REALLY unsure anyone else would), “who in their right mind would buy this thing!”? A horrible thought, I know.
5 MINUTES! It lasted 5 minutes before it was bought off Facebook! I couldn’t believe it! Even though I knew the person who bought it, I had only met her once or twice, and now we are connected through marriage and step families and whatever… I knew enough about her that there was no way in Gods great creation she would have bought it if she didn’t love it!
I was so ecstatic. Then I was blown away again when she ordered a second to be made with custom colors. I thought, “oh boy, do I remember how I made the first one?” This is why you should always write down what you do if you are making something you think you might fill orders for. Obviously I pulled it off because she got her second hat complete with pink fluffy pom pom.
When she received the hats in the mail she was thrilled, and so was I. To think that someone I barely knew liked the creativity that came out of my head. Amazing…
Now there is something I would like to start doing and this is the first pattern I am doing it with. In case you don’t know, a lot of time, energy and money, (yes that’s right it costs money) to make a great pattern. And because of this I will not be putting my patterns up on the blog for free right away. HOWEVER, because you have given me your time and read through this post, I want to say thank you for that. From now on in my new pattern posts you will find a secret word that will give you a discount on the PDF pattern in my store. This secret word for this pattern is Tux. Throughout this post you find buttons with links to this pattern in my store. Use that secret word in the discount box to get your discount. Thank you again for your support.
Yarn: #4 Aran (5 oz/ 142 g; 232 yds/ 213 m) Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek (100% low pill acrylic) Teal Blue- 1 skein, Ivory- less than 10 yds
Hook(s): 5mm (H-8), 4mm (G-6)
Stitch Markers 2 colors, 12 markers each color
Large faux fur pompom (I got mine here )
For the hat pictured at the top of this page I used Yarn Bee’s Soft and Sleek, which is not just a worsted weight yarn. Soft and Sleek takes worsted weight to the next level to give you a plump and full bodied Aran yarn. So when you are shopping your stash, or for new yarn, be sure you are selecting a similar yarn of Aran weight (or otherwise known as a heavier worsted weight) yarn.
What you will look for between labels is,
Is the weight the same?
Are the fibers similar, such as Acrylic, wool, alpaca, nylon, etc.?
Is the gauge similar or close enough to make it work?
Are the recommended hook sizes the same?
Another piece of information you can look for is the number of wpi (wraps per inch). This information is not always available so me be more difficult to compare.
Wraps per inch, or WPI, will tell you how your yarn will behave on your hook. When using this number or testing it yourself compare how many times you can wrap the yarn in a given measurement. So if you have 5 inches of yarn of one kind, how many times can you wrap the yarn around the hook you intend to use? Then compare it to the suggested yarn. Whatever you choose just be sure you are using the same tools in each test to get a correct comparison.
Sk– skip stitch(s)
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