Monday, June 27, 2011

Simple shell cloche pattern

I thought for once I'd try a regular hat, rather than a novelty hat. This simple shell cloche is perfect for early spring or late fall in Michigan. The stretchy fabric makes this a one-size hat  that's very comfortable.



The shells are increased in size rather than number. The first shells were made of only 3 double crochets, but as I needed to expand the circumference of the hat, I made the shells themselves bigger by using 4 double crochets, then 5, etc. If you find any problems or need clarification, please let me know!

With Buff yarn and G hook, ch 3.
1. 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join to first dc. (12 dc)
2. ch2 (counts as 1st dc), do not turn. dc in same sp as ch 2. 2 dc in each dc around, join.(24 dc)
3. ch 2, 2 dc in next st. (sc, 3dc in next) 11 times, sc in last. Join to top of ch 2.
4. *sc in next dc (center of 3 dc cluster), skip next dc, 3 dc in next sc, skip next dc* around, (12 3dc clusters) do not join.
5. skip beginning sc and 1st dc, *sc in 2nd dc of cluster. (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc.* 12 times, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in first sc of round, do not join.
6-11. repeat row 5.
12. *sc in center dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc) in next sc.* repeat around, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc) in first sc of row.
13. repeat row 12, placing sc between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster.
14. *sc in between 2nd and 3rd dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc) in next sc.* around, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc) in first sc of row.
15. *sc in 3rd dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch 1 dc)* around, ending with (dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc) in first sc of round.
16. *sc in center dc of cluster, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) in sc* around
17. *sc in between 3rd and 4th dc of cluster, (dc, ch1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 dc)(7 dc cluster)* around, ending with cluster in first sc of round, join with sl st to 4th dc of next cluster, fasten off.