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kemp
07-25-2005, 10:09 AM
So yesterday I am looking all over the place for a good bucket hat pattern. Hilde did find a good one (and free), but it wasn't quite what I wanted. So, I thought, "no problem, I'll just design one myself". Never having made a hat, I guess, should have worried me a little. Nope, I plunged right in.

Below is my version of the bucket hat :roflhard: :roflhard:

Not quite what it should be, eh? The part below the mango color should be a wide brim that would either stick out 90 degrees from the hat part or at least 45.

I HATE to frog. I would really rather try to salvage this if possible. BTW, doesn't it remind you a bit of Dumb Donald (http://www.tvparty.com/satfat/donald.html) from the Fat Albert cartoon? My thoughts so far:

1. Isn't there something like spray starch except that you could dunk the whole piece in it? Maybe that would make it stiff enough to fashion a brim that would stay in place.

2. Wire? Thin? Threaded around the edge and under the stripe where the brim should begin??

3. Ditch the hat effort and call it a bowl cozy.

KellyK
07-25-2005, 10:57 AM
Felt it?

And, I have to add, Kempy, you are just GORGEOUS! U dont think we've SEEN your face before!

kemp
07-25-2005, 11:48 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard: Well, I know you've seen some of my other "stuff".

:blush: You are so sweet to say that. I'm suprised you haven't seen a pic before though...there are some in the gallery on my blog (ok, I know you really only read KH blogs on the blog forum, but this is ME you know...you could venture out once in a while! :roflhard: )

Wish I could felt it...it's cotton. I did consider shrinking it though :)

Silver
07-25-2005, 11:55 AM
How about a fabric stiffener. You know.. the stuff people soak knitted and crocheted ornaments in to make them stiff? :??

kemp
07-25-2005, 12:08 PM
oh yeah, that must be the stuff I was thinking of...like starch but "dipable". I think it's worth a shot. Think I could find that at Target or would I need to go to a craft store?

Silver
07-25-2005, 12:11 PM
I don't know... I've never used it actually.

maniago
07-25-2005, 02:17 PM
You can find the fabric stiffener at Wal-mart, they also have a liquid starch. The fabric stiffener will make it kinda hard

kemp
07-25-2005, 05:38 PM
I may have found a solution. You can read more about it HERE (http://www.divaknitting.com/blog/?p=103).

In a nutshell, I am trying the fabric stiffener.:shock: I'll let you know how it goes.

Silver
07-25-2005, 05:58 PM
From the pics it looks great! Here's hoping it dries well. :)

kemp
07-25-2005, 06:02 PM
Me too! If it works I'll be in shock. If not though, I have no problem washing it and trying again. It actually looks pretty cute as a little drawstring bag if I turn it upside down.

rebecca
07-25-2005, 08:20 PM
I thought it just look absolutely gawgeous on you kemp...love it....I 2nd KK, you are beautiful & look amazingly similar to my nephew's new wife!! Here's (https://www.theknittingvault.com/display.asp?ID=155) a pattern, fyi, but it's not a good one, meaning...it's not free...lol
That didn't sound exactly right, it is a good pattern, done by a friend from knittersreview.com; many sizes included

snephenie
07-25-2005, 09:46 PM
I may have found a solution. You can read more about it HERE (http://www.divaknitting.com/blog/?p=103).

In a nutshell, I am trying the fabric stiffener.:shock: I'll let you know how it goes.

LOL I didn't realize at first that link was going to YOUR blog. Here I am sitting here thinking "Oh that should work, and wow they tested on a hat that looks JUST like Kemps."

Someone grab the coffee, I think I need some.

Ingrid
07-25-2005, 09:53 PM
I may have found a solution. You can read more about it HERE (http://www.divaknitting.com/blog/?p=103).

In a nutshell, I am trying the fabric stiffener.:shock: I'll let you know how it goes.

LOL I didn't realize at first that link was going to YOUR blog. Here I am sitting here thinking "Oh that should work, and wow they tested on a hat that looks JUST like Kemps."

Someone grab the coffee, I think I need some.

:roflhard:

And I though my computer blocked out Viagra ads!

Carol_OH
07-26-2005, 09:31 AM
where 's the stiffy-hat-on-your-head photo? Inquiring minds wanna see!

ackk, that sounds weird.

kemp
07-27-2005, 05:05 PM
Here you go! Although technically it worked, I think I am going to wash it again and try to find another solution.

brendajos
07-27-2005, 05:10 PM
oooooh i think it looks great like that!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-27-2005, 06:39 PM
me too!

you're so pretty! it certainly doesn't remind me of the fat albert hat now!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-27-2005, 06:40 PM
Did you just make up the pattern, or did you follow one? It might work if you use smaller needles and double the yarn....

wildforyarn
07-27-2005, 08:14 PM
I like it now that it is all cute and it fits! ;) It looks great on you. Keep us updated if you decide to wash and change it.

Ellen Edwards
07-27-2005, 11:34 PM
Wow Kemp--You have lovely eyes, and you look beautiful with the hat either way! The first one is a bit more "roguish" , I think! :thumbsup: :XX:

Carol_OH
07-28-2005, 09:11 AM
thanks for posting the 'after' photo!

I need some Stiffy! (I also did a 'bucket' hat that is too floppy)

*edited for clarity*

:shock: :oops: :shock:

Rennagayle
07-28-2005, 12:52 PM
Well, I don't blame you for wanting what you want, but I have to say, you look adorable in that hat! :mrgreen:

kemp
07-28-2005, 02:02 PM
:blush: Thanks guys! You are the bestest group of eleventy google plex knitters ever

ask hilde

I haven't washed it yet. It WAS going to be a present, but I don't really think it is "giftworthy". Maybe I can wear it in the garden. Or start a blue hat ladies club.

Better yet, maybe it would be fun to send it around the country to KH knitters to see what other purposes it could serve. This group is pretty creative, you know ;)