Sweet Lolita style beret winter hat.

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and (will have a) good New years! Goodbye to 2016, hello 2017~

Welcome to my blog by the way 🙂

This is the second hat that I have made this month. Not of the same crochet style. My first hat I crocheted was plaid which I will show in another post.

Anyways, so I decided to crochet this hat because I wanted to learn a new crochet technique- the “Puff” stitch. Even the name sounds really cute! I was so excited that I just got whatever wool I had, that I had a lot of and started crocheting away.

I combined 2 people’s patterns and used double knitting wool. At first it looked really gappy so I decided to change the gauge to 6.5 and used 2 colours. I also did 14 rows instead of 19 rows. In the end it turned out really cute but it didn’t suit me since I wear a lot of dark colours. Damn you winter! Makes me look all dull throughout the year. Especially here in London. Yes I’m a Londoner. All year round is pretty much grey skies. Anyways, enough of my rambling…

Here is the final result:

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I used a large pom pom maker by Clover, which finished the hat off nicely. You can probably see why I named this hat Sweet Lolita style, since the baby colours will probably match someone who appears sweet or have baby coloured clothing. I can imagine this looking good with a Sweet Lolita outfit. I was close to adding a bow, but I wanted to keep it simple. I decided to send this to my friend in Japan who will probably suit this hat better than me. For the mint green band, I used Whistle&Ivy’s pattern, with their slouchy plaid hat and then after the 72 sc stitches, I freestyled and did the puff stitching all the way round using Sewrella’s pattern. I just love how each puff stitch reminds me of the cream decorations on cake! Here is a closer image:

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I didn’t follow every step, so my hat turned out differently. But I am still happy with the way it turned out. I’m still learning all these new techniques, since all I ever crocheted was soft toys! I have never really followed patterns properly, since I always see the shape as I go, which is a good and bad thing. It’s good to have a pattern so you can remake the same thing twice.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed this post!

M ❤

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