My mum came up with this new idea of up scaling S old frock in to a chic Broad Rim Hat. I learnt recently that she made one for me when I was young :)
- Old frock (Umbrella shaped frocks are suitable for this pattern)
- White cotton twine
- Crochet needle 3mm
- 1 pearl button
- sewing thread n needle
- Elastic 5mm wide
- Preparing the fabric:
- Remove the torso of the frock and separate the flowing umbrella fabric.
- Usually there are two parts of fabric joined to make the umbrella shape, remove these joints altogether and also remove the inner lining of cotton
- Place two semi circle fabrics flat on the ground to make a circle. Pin the fabric ends and sew together leaving 1 cm seam allowance.
- This will create a small whole in the centre.
- Crochet the inner circle
- Button hole stitch this inner circle with white twine.
- First Round: Insert half treble crochet stitch in each button hole
- Second Round: Insert half treble crochet in five chain and skip one chain. Repeat till end
- Third round: Insert half treble crochet in four chains and skip one chain. Repeat till end
- Fourth Round: Insert half treble crochet in three chains and skip one chain. Repeat till end
- Fifth Round: Insert half treble crochet in two chains and skip one chain. Repeat till end
- Sixth round: Insert half treble crochet in 1 chain and skip one chain. Repeat till end.
- Repeat round six till the circle is filled and bind off the stitches to close the circle.
- On a new thread, crochet 5 chains to make a circle.
- Insert 10 single crochets in the hole to make a small flower.
- Attach the round in the centre of the crochet circle.
- Attach pearl button in the crochet round to create a flower.
- Elastic should measure 4cm less than the actual size of the head circumference
- Draw a circle at a distance of 10cm away from the outer edges of the fabric
- Attach elastic on this circle.
- The 10cm left on the outer edges of the fabric forms the rim of the hat.
- Starch the end product to give some firmness to the hat
- If using lining then hide the elastic between the lining and the outer fabric to give finished look
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