The Cathedral Hat by Mamachee is a quick and eye-catching crochet project. With some small changes I made it toddler-size, here modeled by our friend’s almost-two-year-old daughter.
We have been seeing brioche knitting all over Ravelry, Instagram, blogs, and yarn frolics. It seems to be a relatively new (ish?) method of colourwork that has many people in awe. Somehow, however, similar colourwork in crochet hasn’t been as popular. I wonder why?
I made Mamachee’s Cathedral Hat in Rowan Superfine Merino dk, using one skein each of light blue and dark purple. Instead of switching from the 5 mm hook to the 5.5 mm hook for the body as stated in the pattern, I kept using the 5 mm hook throughout. This made the hat smaller, suitable for a 1-3 year old. However, if you do this, the Cathedral Hat needs to be blocked so that the rim of the hat has the same tension as the body of the hat. Once you get the hang of the pattern, it isn’t difficult to do. All the colourwork is done by crocheting front-post treble crochet stitches, with a different colour for each row. The post stitches make the hat nicely stretchy, which is an added bonus! The pattern also includes pictures to help crocheters figure out the more tricky steps.
The Cathedral Hat pattern is available from Mamachee’s store on Ravelry. She has several other colourwork patterns using these post stitches, and I definitely want to try more!