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mwedzi
01-21-2007, 02:35 PM
These pictures are precisely the reason why I make my own knit and crochet patterns for hats. This is exactly why the mainstream knitted hat is not meant for people with hair like mine. It looks like a nuclear weapon was set off under the hat and this is the resulting mushroom cloud. And I made it an inch longer than the pattern called for!

Today's laugh is on me, no charge!

suzeeq
01-21-2007, 03:02 PM
Try a wide headband like Calorimetry or Panta. That way your ears get covered and your head will stay warm without trying to fit over your hair.

sue

Ingrid
01-21-2007, 03:14 PM
Jiffy Pop comes to mind! :teehee:

Very pretty, though. :heart:

mwedzi
01-21-2007, 03:25 PM
Try a wide headband like Calorimetry or Panta. That way your ears get covered and your head will stay warm without trying to fit over your hair.

sue

Except that the primary reason I really wear hats is to cover my hair. I'll just have to continue to design my own. Though I did get a book Get Your Crochet On: Hip Hats and Cool Caps. They are made for folk with hair like mine. http://www.getyourcrocheton.com

Jiffy Pop comes to mind! :teehee:

Very pretty, though. :heart:

:teehee: Well, maybe I'll keep it for when I twist my hair. When I'm wearing it like it's relatively flat. I would donate it, but to who? It's wool and not superwash (it's Mountain Colors) and most charity places want only acrylic.

suzeeq
01-21-2007, 03:26 PM
Very pretty, though. :heart:

I meant to say that too; like the colors.

sue

nonny2t
01-21-2007, 04:29 PM
The hat is gorgeous anyway and you did a spectacular job. :muah:

zip
01-21-2007, 04:37 PM
I have big hair, too. In fact, I was Peg Bundy for Hallowe'en once. For the past couple of years, I've been having it chemically straightened, which means I can no longer be blonde or even light red. Keeping my gray roots brunette is nearly impossible with straight hair. So... some days I ask why bother? ;)

Anyway, one (http://www.treatsandtreasures.com/2006/10/lately-i-am-very-much-into-cozy-warm.html), two (http://frayedattheedges.blogspot.com/2006/11/huggy-bear.html), three (http://www.almostrandom.com/needlesnhooks/pattern/clapotis-cap/) knit patterns for big hair. Surely, there are a few hundred more. Maybe I'll let my treatments grow out and wear them, too.

Jenelle
01-21-2007, 05:36 PM
Ooo I really like the color of that yarn!

I have to agree with you. I like to design my own hats. That way I know it fits ME.

Though I really do like the hat. :heart:

Virtuella
01-21-2007, 07:05 PM
I love the colour of your hat!
And I understand your problem, I have had some months without hair, and that does not makes it easier to find a hat-pattern that fits.
:shrug:

Jan in CA
01-21-2007, 08:10 PM
It's a beautiful hat! I have such fine, straight hair I look bald with a hat. :doh:

feministmama
01-21-2007, 08:10 PM
Though I did get a book Get Your Crochet On: Hip Hats and Cool Caps. They are made for folk with hair like mine. http://www.getyourcrocheton.com


Wow. So rarely do you see people of color making knitting books for people of color. Imma have to go to the library and see if they got it!!!

sara_jayne
01-22-2007, 12:11 PM
Even if it doesn't fit perfectly it looks wonderful and those colors are so fabulous!

VictoiseC
01-22-2007, 04:41 PM
That's a pretty hat Mwedzi! I just finished a BIG newsboy cap, the first hat that actually looks pretty good on me. But it's a little too big... I'll post a picture after I get my camera charged.
Sometimes when my hats are a little too small, I add on the bottom, either fold it up or make a floppy thingy like a brim.
Going to try that with a hat I made that looks like a little bucket.
:teehee:

Bastelmutti
01-23-2007, 10:36 AM
Though I did get a book Get Your Crochet On: Hip Hats and Cool Caps. They are made for folk with hair like mine. http://www.getyourcrocheton.com


Wow. So rarely do you see people of color making knitting books for people of color. Imma have to go to the library and see if they got it!!!

Hi feministmama,

You might want to check out http://www.black-purl-magazine.com/

mwedzi
01-23-2007, 02:58 PM
Though I did get a book Get Your Crochet On: Hip Hats and Cool Caps. They are made for folk with hair like mine. http://www.getyourcrocheton.com


Wow. So rarely do you see people of color making knitting books for people of color. Imma have to go to the library and see if they got it!!!

Hi feministmama,

You might want to check out http://www.black-purl-magazine.com/

Feminist Mama, I had the same reaction. I was buying this book in my LYS and had to exclaim, "this book is full of black people!" Of course other people were in it, too, but still. It was pretty shocking.

Thanks for the link, Bastelmutti. I didn't know about that online knitting/crochet magazine. Why is it that I didn't know about that? It's great.

KEDEK5
01-23-2007, 05:00 PM
I ran into the same problem when I made my son (naturally curly hair) the same hat. I frogged the hat and re-did, an inch longer, and it still had the same mushroom affect. :pout: He did not seem to mind but I will check out the other patterns you reference.

KEDEK5
01-23-2007, 05:06 PM
I ran into the same problem when I made my son (naturally curly hair) the same hat. I frogged the hat and re-did, an inch longer, and it still had the same mushroom affect. :pout: He did not seem to mind but I will check out the other patterns you reference.

stacy.duval
01-25-2007, 01:45 AM
That's a great hat! Don't worry, it's not as bad as it could be. Not only do I have large hair, especially in this central TX humidity, but I have an insanely large head to go with it. My whole family is known as the "Big-head Duvals" My dad had to have his racing helmet custom made. And I can't even wear most men's hats, let alone the cute women's hats. Guests typically spend a solid ten minutes at the hat rack exclaiming over the giant sized hats. So count your blessings that it's just large hair, instead of both. :lol:

cookworm
01-25-2007, 06:10 PM
mwedzi, your hat is BEAUTIFUL!!!! :inlove: I have "big hair" (thick and curly) as well as an "abnormally" large head, so I have a hard time finding hats that fit my hair and my head. :oops: The SnB "Newsboy Cap" is GREAT for big, full hair, and accomodated even my big head! :teehee: :oops: It's really comfy, too (I used Paton's Classic Merino wool yarn; used one skein per hat) You can tailor it to make it accomodate full/longer hair or not, which is nice. Here's (http://mslindz.blogspot.com/2006/03/headline-news-cabled-newsboy-cap.html) a pic of it. It's more like a rasta hat than a newsboy cap.

I'm sorry you're having trouble with finding hats that fit the way you'd like. :hug:

Braden
01-25-2007, 06:16 PM
Looks great to me.

stitchwitch
01-25-2007, 07:37 PM
I think it's beautiful!

twees
01-26-2007, 11:10 AM
personally i was all excited when i saw your mushroom cloud hat and was disappointed when i saw that the hat itself didn't have such volume. i clicked on the post because i love mushroom hats! i think it looks lovely!!

mwedzi
01-26-2007, 02:39 PM
personally i was all excited when i saw your mushroom cloud hat and was disappointed when i saw that the hat itself didn't have such volume. i clicked on the post because i love mushroom hats! i think it looks lovely!!

Can you crochet? I'm getting ready to either put my hat pattern up or submit it somewhere, depending on how the wind blows:
http://knitensity.blogspot.com/2006/09/this-is-hat-i-crocheted-in-patons.html

cookworm
01-27-2007, 11:39 AM
I wish I could crochet beyond the chain and single crochet--that hat is TOO ADORABLE!!!! :inlove: I'd LOVE to knit it for myself!!! Was it hard?

itscryttle
01-27-2007, 03:15 PM
:teehee: well its a beautiful hat nonetheless.

aineepooh1
01-30-2007, 11:36 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:
It's all Good~!

mwedzi
01-30-2007, 07:04 PM
I wish I could crochet beyond the chain and single crochet--that hat is TOO ADORABLE!!!! :inlove: I'd LOVE to knit it for myself!!! Was it hard?

Thank you. :) No, not hard at all. And if you can sc, double crochet is just one tiny step more. I've written the pattern and am going to get a friend to test it first.

And thanks to the rest of you for making me not feel so bad about the hat. Think I still might keep it for days when my hairstyle is down.