Continuous Crochet, Behind the Design: Heather Plum Chain Flower Hat
Heather Plum Chain Flower Hat: 22” circumference x 8” tall. This project features one hank of Bijou Basin Ranch’s Lhasa Wilderness (75% yak/25% bamboo); 250 yds pr 7oz hank in color way #14 Amethyst and a G/6 (4mm) crochet hook).
This hat features a beautiful offset lace stitch pattern. It has concentric increases only in the beginning of the crown; so you can crochet the rest of the hat in the round without fussing with increases within the pattern! It’s a deceptively simple technique, easy to stitch up quickly and once you understand the construction, you could apply this technique to other stitch patterns!
I love the daisy chain texture of this stitch pattern. Offset stitch patterns are often very tricky for working increases within pattern. That is part of the inspiration for the construction method I chose. The solid brim is a great contrast to the openwork of the hat too.
Want a cowl instead of a hat? No problem! Work the stitch pattern EVEN in the round, with the ‘brim’ at the beginning and the end of the tube. How cute would that be?
New to Bijou Basin Ranch? I had the pleasure of meeting owners Carl & Eileen Koop many years ago at a trade show. They are smart, talented, funny and genuinely nice people. Established in 2005, Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and operated yak ranch situated on the open plains of the Colorado outback. They are located about 65 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado, just outside of the small town of Elbert. They raise registered, full-blooded Tibetan yaks that have superior glossy coats which are harvested annually. They also supplement the fiber they harvest from their yaks by purchasing quality yak fiber from other yak ranchers across the country and abroad. For more information, check out their website here: www.BijouBasinRanch.com