The binding for the bunting wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I am still working on it. When I was still dreading starting the binding, I decided to make myself a hat.
I first saw this Robin's Egg Blue hat pattern. I thought I wish this was a crochet pattern. I just love that band. I know the basics of knitting but I really want to focus myself on expanding my crochet skills. So I just tucked that hat pattern away. Then I saw this pattern for the Durango hat. I felt it had almost the same sort of band to it as the Robin's Egg. And I like the ridges in the hat. So I set out to make the Durango hat. As I was getting close to starting the band of the hat. I realized I wasn't sure if the Durango pattern band was close enough to the Robin's Egg Blue hat band, that I liked so much. So after I finsihed Round 12 of the Durango hat I crocheted up this band below. It is perfect! I think it took me 3.5 hours total, which isn't too bad at all. I used less than 1 skein of CottonEase yarn in Terracotta, hook size H.
Work body of hat in the Durango pattern through Round 12. (I used an H hook and she suggested I; it still fit my head perfect).
Abbreviations: CH: Chain; HDC: half double crochet; SC: single crochet
Row 1: After joining Round 12, CH 8 (the last chain is our turning chain). Now we will work the hat in rows instead of in the round.
Row 2: SC in each of the 7 stitches across. SC into stitch in the hat body, the first open stitch (in other words, the first stitch next to the where the chain of 8 started from). CH 1.
Row 3: HDC in each stitch across. CH 1. (7 HDC)
Row 4: HDC in each stitch across. (7 HDC) Attach the row to the hat body by completing a SC2tog in the two adjacent stitches next to row 2's attachment. CH 1.
Row 5- 64: repeat row 3 and 4. This will take you around the hat to meet with Row 1. Attach the last rows to the hat body but not to row 1. (I think there were 64 rows, still not great at counting rows but just go until you reach the last stitch next to row 1.)
Row 65: HDC in each stitch across. CH 1. (7 HDC)
Row 66-75: repeat Row 65.
Row 76: HDC in 2 stitches. Chain 2. Skip 3 stitches. HDC in 2 stitches. CH 1 (4 HDC)
Row 77: HDC in 2 stitches. 3 HDC in Chain 2 space. HDC in 2 stitches. CH 1 (7 HDC)
Row 78: HDC in each stitch across. (7 HDC).
Bind off and weave in ends.
Line up the over hang of the band with the hat band and determine where the button should go based on where the buttonhole lies. Sew with yarn in place!
I freakin' love it. I wore it all day. Seriously. Cooked, played, sewed...on my head all day.