I crocheted the buttons and lace hat, designed by Sharon Zientara, using leftover Schachenmayr yarn from my crochet knit-stitch beanie. The pattern is from Quick Crocheted Accessories (3 Skeins or Less) by Interweave, and this pattern used about one and a half skeins of my burgundy Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170 yarn (about 250 m). The yarn isn’t as fuzzy as the alpaca yarn that was used in the pattern sample, but for what it lacks in the halo department it makes up for in stitch definition. The buttons and lace hat itself has a nice drape to it, and it is soft enough that I don’t think it’ll give you hat-hair.
I crocheted the band of the hat first, width-wise in a lacy pattern which also made preformed buttonholes. The lace slightly overlaps while the crown of the hat is crocheted in a soft and fluid linen stitch, something that I had never tried before. I always love the look of a knit linen stitch, so I was excited to find out a similar stitch could be made in crochet!
As this is the Buttons and Lace Hat, of course it requires buttons! Once the crocheting is done, the hat has a shallow crown and a deep, lacy brim that hangs open. You will need to sew on buttons to act as a closure for the brim, while also acting as decoration. I got five plain, black buttons from our favourite one-stop notions shop on Queen St West in Toronto, although mother-of-pearl buttons would work nicely as well.
Oddly enough, however, as I was halfway done the repeat pattern for the lace band, I noticed (too late) that I had an extra ‘buttonhole’ opening in my lace (the pattern photo showed four buttonholes; I had five). I had somehow made it one repeat too wide, which is odd, considering I thought I had followed the pattern exactly and started with the correct number of chain stitches. I’ll just have to make another and see where I went wrong!
Find the pattern here: