When I saw this hat and scarf set in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today, I just knew I was going to make it someday:
Of course, it took me more than a year to get around to it. And I made a number of changes to the pattern. And I didn't make just one set; I made two. But don't you think they turned out lovely?
As you can see, I changed up the color palette quite a bit from the original pattern. I loved the look of the white background, but it seemed a bit impractical for a child's clothing item. And since I wanted to make two different sets for two very adorable sisters, I chose the oh-so-girlie pink and purple pastels and accented them with darker shades. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in "Soft Pink" and "Orchid" for the main colors and then Red Heart Soft Yarn in "Wine," "Grape," and "Off White" for the edging and flowers.
I really like the look of the stitch pattern --a simple combination of single crochets and chain spaces--and hope to use it again in future projects. I has almost a woven, basket-type look to it and gives the finished material a nice amount of stretch:
The other big change I made to the pattern was to make the flowers on each scarf "double sided." The pattern called for flowers on both ends of the scarf but only on one side of the material. Knowing how hard it would be for me, a grown-but-fashionably-challenged woman, to get the scarf tied just right to keep the flowers showing on both ends, I figured it might be even harder for 6- and 7-year-olds to do it. To resolve this issue, I attached the flowers back to back on each end, giving a total of 12 flowers for each scarf:
With a grand total of 15 flowers for each hat-and-scarf set, this project was a bit more tedious and involved than originally anticipated. But it was worth it for how well they turned out--in fact, I was exceedingly tempted to keep one for myself. Because, oddly enough, the hat actually fit me just fine. And don't you think every woman needs a flower-adorned hat complete with earflaps?
Well, maybe not every woman, but certainly this woman.