Thursday, 13 September 2012

Aren't smoothies meant to be cold?

Not according to the people at Innocent - well, no, that's not entirely true. Let me rephrase it. Around this time of year there is a campaign to create little woolly hats for Innocent smoothies that will later be sold to raise money for Age UK - it's called The Big Knit and is a lot of fun. I've made a fair few little bobble hats over the years and always look forward to seeing the festive bottles on the shelves.

But I really, really don't like making pompoms. I am not good at getting them even, and more than a few have ended up falling apart because I didn't knot them tightly enough around the middle. And I DETEST sewing them on. I tried some alternative patterns (there are lots free on Ravelry) but am forced to admit that my knitting and finishing just aren't up to tiny hats. Shhh, don't tell anyone.

So, I was fiddling about one day and remembered Annie's Downton hat and a few rows of crochet later: tada! I like to think that if there were smoothies in Downton Abbey, this is what they would wear.

If you would like to make one (each takes about half an hour) here's how. It's worked in UK double crochet/US single crochet and is just one big spiral. I used Rowan Handknit cotton and a 3.5mm hook.

I make a magic ring (to avoid holes in the crown of the hat):

 and then DC 6 into the ring.

Pull the end to tighten and then proceed to work 1DC into the next stitch and 2DC into the following stitch.

Carry on increasing in every other stitch, round and round until you have a circle that's marginally larger than the lid of the smoothie bottle - for me that's about 30 stitches give or take.

Now stop increasing and make the sides of the hat - DC into each stitch until the hat sits on the bottle at a depth that pleases you - for me that's about 6 rows.

Join in a contrasting colour and continue for another 4 rows or so. I knot the new colour tightly to the end of the original colour and weave in the ends later.

It strikes me that this might make quite a cute little hat itself if the sides were shorter. Hmmm.

Finish off, weave in your ends, flatten the crown, turn up the brim and place it onto your bottle. Then make some more! I am contemplating adding little flowers but that would involve sewing them on which can only end in tears ...

PS Hope you had a good summer. We did, which is why I have not been here!