Today I’m reviewing a crochet pattern book from Leisure Arts books. As I’m sure you have learned, I love to crochet! So when I was offered the chance to review a crochet pattern book it was a no brainer and an immediate yes! I plan to do more reviews over the next several months. Hopefully they will be useful to you in choosing to pay for a new pattern.
The pattern I chose to review today is the Modern Chullo Hat out of the pattern book Crochet Hats & Scarves by Melissa Leapman.
The pattern for the Modern Chullo hat is found on page 30, and is an intermediate skill level. It requires three colors of yarn, a size J crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and if you like a stitch marker.
In the hat I made I chose to do the majority of the hat using a worst weight wool yarn in light gray color. For the color change I used worst weight dark gray and a variegated yarn in acrylic yarn. All the yarns were from my stash.
Even though this pattern says it’s intermediate I don’t want anyone to feel like it’s a hard pattern. You use single crochet throughout, if you know how to make a decrease single crochet, and color changes, it’s easy to make.
The color change for this hat is worked very similar to the half double crochet color change in this video. Make sure for this hat you are using a single crochet, instead of the half double crochet.
The pattern is worked in the round, using a stitch marker is helpful in keeping a correct row count. At the end you will add on the ear flaps and long braided tails. Instead of a solid yarn for the color change and braids, I used a variegated yarn.
I was able to finish this hat in about 4 hours. (Your own crochet abilities will determine the amount of time it will take you). The pattern is well written with clear easy to follow instructions.
I really enjoyed this pattern and making this hat. I plan on giving it to my niece who will be spending the next two years in Sweden! She is going to get cold! But, I’m hoping this wool hat will help keep her warm and reminder her how much we love and think about her.
I would highly recommend this pattern and have already started making another hat for my daughter. Who wants to be twins with her cousin.