How to crochet a cute rolled-brim summer hat with inexpensive jute string

hat_jute brimmed1I wanted to try my hand at crocheting a unique “straw” hat, so I picked up a couple rolls of jute string from the hardware store. There are different kinds—some are stiffer than others, so I recommend that you choose the most pliable type you can find. I found working with such a coarse fiber a little rough on the fingers at times, so it’s not the type of project you want to attempt to finish in one sitting.

I created a hat band and added embellishments using jute ribbon, buttons and beads that I found at the dollar store. As you’ll see in the photos, part of the embellishment includes a pair of miniature crocheted doilies that I had stashed away in my craft cupboard, not knowing what to hat_jute brimmed2do with them. Feel free to experiment with your embellishments—you could also use some velvet ribbon and fabric flowers. I also picked up a cheap dollar store straw hat in a similar colour, and sewed it inside the finished jute hat to create a more comfortable barrier between my head and the roughness of the string.

At first, the string carried a strong, fuel-like smell, and I wondered if wearing that hat was going to give me a headache! But fortunately, the odour has pretty much disappeared over the past couple of weeks.

Once the hat was completed, I was really pleased with the results. Yes, I could have gone out and bought myself any one of the gazillion summer hats currently in malls all over the city, but it wouldn’t be my very own, one-of-a-kind jute hat, designed by moi!

hat_jute brimmed3Rolled-Brim Summer Jute Hat
Fits an average adult head.

2 rolls of jute string (I used one full roll plus a quarter of a roll for this project)
5.5 mm hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Sewing needle and jute-coloured thread for sewing on embellishments

Hat instructions:

Chain (ch) 8. Turn.

Round 1: Ch 3 and dc in same space (sp); 2 double crochet (dc) in each stitch (st) around; slip stitch (sl st) in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 2: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; 2 dc in each st around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 3: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; 1 dc in next st; *2 dc in next st; 1 dc in next st;
repeat from * around, ending with 1 dc; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 4: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; 1 dc in each st around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 5: Ch 1 and single crochet (sc) in same sp; 1 sc in each st around; sl st in top of ch-1 to close. Turn.

Round 6-8: Repeat Round 4.

Round 9: Ch 1; 1 sc in back loop only (BLO) of each st around; sl st in top of ch-1 to close. Turn.

Round 10: Ch 3; *dc in each of next 4 sts; 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Turn.

Round 11-12: Ch 3 and dc in same sp; *1 dc in each of next 6 sts; 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st in top of ch-3 to close. Fasten off and weave in ends.

hat_jute brimmed4I sewed 1-1/2” wide jute ribbon around the hat to make a band, then I used the same jute ribbon to form a couple of big flowers, and sewed them on too. Then I embellished the flowers with the miniature doilies as well as some shell buttons and glass beads.

Then, I trimmed the brim on the dollar store hat so it would fit neatly inside my jute hat as a barrier, and I used my needle and thread to sew it securely in there.



Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 94)

Otis is in the lineup again today!


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Otis will never be The Cat in The Hat

cats in hats bookI’ve been noticing, both in the news and online, that there seems to be a growing fashion trend: tiny hats for cats. Not only are there gazillions of cat hats for sale on Etsy and at other online stores, there are tons of DIY patterns if you want to make your own hat for a cat. I even discovered a new book at my community library called Cats In Hats, by Sara Thomas. The hats in there were a riot!

Much to my best buddy Otis’s dismay, nothing makes me more gleeful than seeing pets dressed up in human clothing. Really, don’t they just look so dang blasted cute?otis in baby bonnet1

As you may have noticed in a couple of my past blog posts, I have tried to dress Otis in various accoutrements, but trying to get his cooperation is about as easy as getting Donald Trump to shut up. I swear—that cat has moves as smooth as a martial arts black belt.

So, the other day, after a hell of a scuffle, Otis was forced to humor me by wearing a lovely bonnet that I recently crocheted; then later, a cat-sized jester’s hat and collar.

otis in baby bonnet2As you can see by the expressions (or lack thereof) on his face, he was NOT amused. (I know that cats aren’t thought of as having any facial expressions, but believe me, they do if you try to dress them up!)

My poor little boy. I do hope he’ll forgive me. 🙂otis in joker costume1

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