The photographer I've been working with requested a classy, fedora and bow tie set and showed me some pictures. Ohhh. So cute. However, I will admit to hesitating...way too long...I knew I would have to do it in crochet. And I knew I'd need a pattern. How on earth do you get the shaping at the top? You know, the crease in the front? I searched on Ravelry quite a bit, and it appeared I was going to have to buy a pattern and the best option seemed to be www.poshpatterns.com. Okay, it's reasonably priced, the website looks well done, and there's a discount for buying several patterns, and the recommended yarn was one I happened to have in my stash in black already (though I purchased another ball, just in case. You'll see tomorrow what that became, and how that lead to needing another ball...). I bought the fedora pattern, the bow tie pattern, and a couple other ones(I had to play with the exposure and contrast so you could see the details. This set is jet black!)
I got started on the fedora, and discovered that it's just a regular, start at the top, hat! There's no special shaping for the fedora crease. The trick is to crochet it fairly tight, and then shape it by hand by pinching it. I did add a couple extra rounds before the brim increases, it seemed really short (there was no row gauge given, but I was meeting the stitch gauge). I have been a little in the dark about just how tiny newborn heads are...just as I was finishing this, I did get to see a 7 day old baby. TINY head. This hat did turn out to be the size the pattern said--13.5"--but's it not stretchy (due to the tight crochet and also possibly the satin band). I had re-do it a bit bigger as it wasn't going ON the baby's head. The pattern pictures do show it perched on top, but also that it's a great hat for everyday wear. Not so, if it's perched just on top, and no way would a non-stretchy 13.5" hat fit the whole 0-3month range!
To make the diaper cover, I decided to give a crochet pattern a try. I went with this one as the gauge would be close and it seemed popular. I can understand why photographers like these in this style, much more adjustable. I played with my button stash, and nothing worked. Then I tried a cuff link, and it worked REALLY well! However, it didn't work on the hatband, and I didn't want to give away my cuff links. But keep it in mind for later. If you go with a button, make sure to sew it on loose...even put the layers together and sew the button on through the layers (between stitches, so it is able to open still). I found a package of black, glittery buttons from Michaels' and there were assorted sizes. Subtle, but a bit of sparkle.
I'm quite pleased with this set. Again, had to push myself out of my comfort zone, but I think that's a good thing! The scale says it's 106gr, but I used just under one 100gr ball. I doubt the two buttons, ribbon, and feather weigh 10gr?
Yarn In: 20 354gr
Yarn Out: 106gr + 16 137gr = 16 243gr
Balance: 4111gr more brought IN than used up
Costs: $524.43/358 days = $1.46/day
But ummm....I did pick up some more yarn last Thursday....