In honor of National Crochet Month, I joined a CAL (crochet along)!! I chose the Shibaguyz' CAL because it was indicated for crocheters of all levels!! (And they're 2 completely AWESOME guys.. AND they are giving away some pretty awesome prizes.. Anywho..) To participate in the CAL, we had to choose a Shibaguyz Designz pattern. Originally, I'd chosen a wrap pattern of theirs, but since my time is limited because I've been without a computer and need to focus on getting caught up, I went with a smaller project: Totally Tam. This picture is of the top of the tam. (I crocheted the woman's version. There are 2 versions: the woman's hat and the men's slouchie.) In order to get my paws (Get it - PAWS, SHIBA.. I crack myself up.) on this pattern, I had to order a back copy of Crochet! Magazine. Fortunately, when you order it, you can download the PDF file RIGHT away!!
Here is the "brim" of the hat. Because I crocheted this out of Noro Cash Iroha (#82, Camel colorway), there were some thick and some thin areas of the yarn. I love how open the solid color makes the brim appear. (BTW - I used a US "J" hook) Although I'm finished with all of the crocheting, I still need to weave in ends and block. I have almost NO yarn left. I was biting my nails the entire time I was finishing the last couple of rounds!
This was a fast and fun crochet project. -And it's terrific for newbs like myself who are just getting a feel for crochet. It requires that you perform the following stitches: sc, dc, sc dec (or sc2tog), fpdc, bpdc, bpdc dec (which is essentially a dc dec or dc2tog). It is seamless and contains only 26 rounds in Aran wt. yarn. So like I said, it's a quickie! As soon as I finish the blocking, I'll take a pic with it on!
Happy National Crochet Month, fiberistas! Hook on!