Remember my Chunky Stripe Hat pattern? Well, after making all of those hats I was left with a lot of scrap yarn. Plus, I had just gotten finished making my own Triple Luxe Cowl and had a bit of yarn left over from that project as well. Scraps are just asking to be made into stripes, so I thought it was time to try out my beanie pattern again.
I had been crocheting recently because I was planning a weekend trip to visit one of my very good friends in Oregon. I made the Triple Luxe Cowl to for myself to wear. For my friend, I made a Cloudburst Shawl because she had admired the one I made last fall. For her husband, I wanted to made a hat.
I decided to use my own pattern for the Chunky Stripe Hat because I have grown very fond of the Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn. I gathered all the scraps I had of it and started crocheting. It makes me a bit anxious to use scraps for a project because I don't know if it will be enough. Lo and behold, I ran out of yarn two rows short (one hdc row and the finishing slip stitch). I could have stopped right there, but I didn't want it to be too snug, especially since I had been itching to add a pom pom to something. I dug through my yarn stash and found some Vanna's Choice in Charcoal Grey. It was very similar to the dark gray of the Lion's Pride Woolspun, but it was a lighter weight. I decided to hold it double to finish the hat. I also ended up adding an extra row of hdc to create some slouchiness.
I am a bit ashamed to say my yarn stash has grown embarrassingly (or enviously?) large. So I was able to find scraps of ivory, dark grey, and navy blue worsted weight yarn to use to make the pom pom. I made a 5" pom pom using the cardboard circle technique explained here. I usually just use my fingers to make pom poms, but I wanted this one to be oversized. I loosely wrapped each color around the cardboard, alternating colors, three times per color.
I'm am very happy with how this hat turned out. It was basically a free project since I was just crocheting with scraps from previous projects. I love the big pom pom too. I think I'm going to have to make my own hat with a pom pom soon. Have you used my Chunky Stripe Hat pattern? What do you think about pom poms? I'd love to know in the comments!