Christmas Crochet

Oh boy, it’s time for some quick work with the hooks.  Christmas gift making season seems to have snuck up on me once again.  Though I had thought about it earlier.  In fact, was happily reminded when the Special Newstand issue of Crochet! Magazine came out the end of August.

It was particularly exciting for me as the hat  on the cover is my design, Roundabout Hat (thanks to Carol Alexander, the talented editor of Crochet! Magazine for the name).

Fortunately, I already have a hat done for my beloved because of this design, the hat below was actually the proto-type and will be one of his Christmas presents this year.

I had the ball of Universal Yarns Classic Worsted Long Print in the Black Heathers colorway for ages, intending it for a hat for my beloved.  When Carol asked me for a warm earflap hat design for this issue my mind went to that yarn right away.  

One thing I really love about this design is the simplicity of the color work as the yarn does all the heavy lifting.  The hat is worked top down in half double crochet for a lovely stretchy fabric.  The earflaps are worked in the round as well so there is a cozy extra layer over the ears, which is super handy in cold winter weather.

I may be making a few of these hats this Christmas as they are quick to stitch up and can be embellished to make them more feminine or fun.   There are loads of other fun gift projects in this magazine as well.  So if you are looking for some inspiration for your gift list, this issue is a great place to start.

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