Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Off the Shuttle: Tatted Hatband for Hat

First project of 2015 started and finished!

I recently bought a black wool hat for winter wear. It's from a company that sells hats for UV protection; this one is supposed to provide 80% UV protection. This is great, but it's a rather undistinguished addition to my winter wardrobe. I had so many compliments on the tatted hatband I made for my summer hat that I decided to make a hatband for this hat as well.

The band is a combination of two patterns. The band part is pattern "No. 1" from "Edgings for All Occasions" in Tatting Doilies & Edgings, edited by Rita Weiss (Dover Publications, Inc., 1980, pg. 23). The pattern for the flower embellishment is "Carnation Boutonniere" from New Things Happen to Tatting, Book 159 (The Spool Cotton Company, 1941). It's been reprinted in The Tatter's Treasure Chest, edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep (Dover Publications, Inc., 1990, pg. 39).

A better name for this piece might be "Recursion Flower" because each chain has 5 picots with a ring and chain attached to picots 1, 3, and 5 in each succeeding round. The pattern calls for 3 rounds; I thought about adding a fourth round, but feared I'd run out of thread with the dramatic increase in rings and chains that another round would entail. All this increasing causes the rows to bunch up and ripple creating the carnation blossom effect. As tedious as the pattern can be with those seemingly-endless repeats, the end result is worth it...this is the third time I've made this pattern.

The thread is Lizbeth size 20 in color #605 Silver. I sewed the pieces onto the hat with invisible nylon thread.


Robin Perfetti said...

What a clever application! It really dresses up the hat, and I'm sure you will receive many compliments on this one too.

muskaan said...

Beautiful !! I agree with Robin entirely :-)

Jane McLellan said...

Love your hatband! The flower is a kind of hyperbolic tatting.

Madtatter80 said...

Hi it is me again, this is beautiful love the hat band and sorry I have not seen this post some how I missed it! take care keep tatting!