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I think it’s time for a pattern review! With the whole Ravelry situation, I’ve been meeting and speaking to more designers directly on Twitter after closing my account on Rav. This has lead to some new friendships and a whole new world of designs I might have otherwise missed out on. One of these in particular jumped out at me and I new I had to give the pattern a go.
The designer is Aoibhe, whose website is over at yarntowers.com and she’s a pioneer of short hook Tunisian crochet. That caught my attention immediately and I clicked through to her site. Aoibhe has released a hat pattern called Ishrat (more about the name below), which not only uses this cool technique, but also regular crochet and knitting. There was no way I could resist! The hat is also worked flat and then seamed, so this would also be new for me too.
Ishrat is the name of the yarn dyer whose yarn Aoibhe used to make her hat. I had to check this out, as naming a pattern after a dyer, well, the yarn has to be good, right? I knew I had to try and a few clicks later at fruitfulfusion.co.uk, my yarn was on the way. I picked Ishrat’s Red Sea colourway and I was so happy when it arrived – the colours are just as beautiful as on the screen and the yarn; a superwash merino, was lovely and soft.
The pattern itself is really well written and perfect for beginners in Tunisian crochet as Aoibhe has videos that accompany the steps and show you each technique. Also, if you have tried crochet before and struggled with holding the yarn, Aoibhe holds hers as a knitter would, so this might work better for you.
The pattern starts with the band, which is knit, and then the base for the Tunisian rows is added in crochet before Aoibhe’s short hook technique comes in to play. As I use hooks with ergonomic handles, I decided to use my regular Tunisian hooks, just to give myself a bit more room. You can see Aoibhe’s hook in the videos though, so if you have one similar, or one without the handle, you’ll be fine without a specific Tunisian hook.
The seaming technique was also really clearly shown and has given me more confidence to try other projected needing to be seamed.
I really enjoyed working through this pattern and it was such a quick make. I spent maybe an hour each evening on it and I finished my hat within a week. I enjoyed this project that much, that I bought another pattern from Aoibhe called Ard Ri; a shawl using the short hook technique and it’s a lot of fun to work. As a full disclaimer, I loved the yarn so much, I also ordered another skein from Ishrat! I thought I better say, just to give you a warning, ha!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a hat to whip up, this one might be right up your street.