It is August and I have crocheted a slouchy hat with bulky weight yarn.
I don't even mind. The Shells Beanie from Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps is quick and easy and adorable and perfect for my sister's birthday present. The chunky yarn made this warm and squishy project fly by like a dream. I loved working the shells up with a big ol' J hook, and this took up just one skein of Wool-Ease Chunky (153 yards).
And I have to confess: I skipped one row of shells because I was worried about running out of yarn. This wound up saving the day, and the hat body is still plenty slouchy. This is, I have decided, just the right amount of slouch. You know what I mean. Some hats barely have more room than a skullcap, and some hats look like they belong on elves! This little hat has enough slouch to it to look casual and roomy, but not so much that it looks sloppy or that the wearer will have to worry about it being pulled of her head because of its own weight.
Like I mentioned before, crocheting this hat was a little like making a granny square for a head. And I love that idea far more than I should. But it's so pretty and I love crocheting shells so much and this is truly a pretty little design. The holes between between the shells let this bulky hat breathe a bit, but this crocheted fabric is thick enough to keep someone warm. But stylishly warm! This hat pattern feels so perfect, I bet its perfection can be proven by science! Or math because, you know, of row counts and stuff. I don't know. I was an English major! But I'm also a crocheting hat-wearer and I know that this is a great hat.
Also, I think it kind of looks like a flower. It reminds me of giant purple zinnias. I love zinnias. Just about any pattern that makes me think of flowers is a good pattern. It's pretty without being too precious. It's also going on my sister's head in just a short while and I'm going to miss it! I really think I'm going to have to make another one for myself. I don't think I'll use the same colorway, but there are plenty of other yarns out there to make me think of zinnias.
I'm just going to wait until it's no longer August to make one for myself.