The 1920s were all about hats, but I can’t imagine the famous cloche being very kind to your hair. This quick little project is made for the modern Daisy Buchanan who hates hat hair as much as I do. The Great Gatsby is set during a broiling summer, but I imagine the Golden Girl herself might wear this come winter.
Simple, charming (if I dare say), and simply adorned with a bold flower, this earwarmer has all the glamour of a cloche without the hair-smushing. Turn one out in a few hours and give to a chilly fashionista. Or yourself.
You will need worsted/Aran weight yarn in 2 colors and a 5 mm hook.
Abbreviations: HDC = half-double crochet. ch = chain. sl st = slip stitch. DC = double crochet.
Row 1: Begin by chaining 73 stitches. Half-double crochet (HDC) in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. 72 HDC. Alternatively, measure around your head with a piece of yarn, make a starting chain of that length PLUS 2 stitches, and carry on.
Row 2 and following: Ch 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in each chain across.
Work even for 3 1/2 inches.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Thread tail through a yarn needle and sew the short edges together with wrong sides facing.
To Make the Flower:
Work loosely! Or you will be sorry once you hit the spiral bit.
Row 1: Begin using the magic loop method. Ch 3, make 7 DC into ring. 8 DC.
Row 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in each st all the way around. 16 DC.
Row 3: Ch 2, 2 DC in next st. *1 DC in next stitch, 2 DC in following st* all the way around. Join with a sl st. 24 DC.
Row 4: Ch 1, *(hdc, dc, hdc) in next DC, sl st in following DC* all the way around. 8 petals.
Row 5 and continuing: You will be working in a spiral in the front post of each DC. I made this flower as an experiment but I will make another so that I can post a photo tutorial soon.
Continue in pattern (HDC, DC, HDC in next stitch to make a petal, sl st in the next stitch to anchor it down), but work petals and sl stitches in the front post of each dc. Have fun with it, and space the petals out however you like them. This WILL make more sense as you try it. Just slowly curve them inward, and don’t worry too much about which loop you are working in.
I am super proud of how this flower turned out. Working the middle of the spiral takes some finagling, but it’s really not so bad.
When you get to the middle, stop with a sl st and fasten off. Pull yarn through to the back of the flower.
Place the flower over the seam of the headband on the right side. Pull both ends (the magic loop tail and the fasten-off tail) through to the wrong side. Tie them in a square knot and weave in ends. With some scrap yarn and a yarn needle, sew the edges of the flower (the third row of DC) to the earband.
Block flat if desired and get those ears toasty!
::Note:: I will eventually have more pics up. My model made off with this one, but I’ll make another.