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Crochet Cancer Challenge – Tamzin Hat

Oct 23, 2021

I feel so blessed to be participating in this year’s Crochet Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato Three! One of the things I love about crochet & knitters is that they are so generous with their craft. The Cancer Hat Challenge is a wonderful way to give back to your community through crochet!

 

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The Inspiration 

I had a vision for this hat all the way back in April. I knew I wanted to create a beginner friendly hat that was a modern twist on a classic design element. I’ve always loved sweaters with textured panels and cables. They never go out of style! I knew that I could create a hat with the same classic look, with simple stitches.  

 

The Tamzin Hat looks far more complicated than it is. The pattern is filled with links to full photo and video tutorials so you can easily master each stitch. I think you’ll find that this is a great pattern to make and wear year after year!

 

 

Customize Your Hat

Whenever I design a hat for donating, I like to include multiple sizes. This pattern includes adult and child sizes. The pattern also includes tips for adjusting the pattern for the perfect custom fit!

 

Stay Cozy

Living up North, I appreciate all the cozy accessories! There’s nothing that makes me happier on a chilly day than bundling up in coordinating handmade accessories! I know that one of my go-to sets this fall and winter will be the Tamzin Hat and Cowl. They are such a fun pair and will keep me so warm!

 

 

The Yarn

I used Brava Worsted yarn for the Tamzin Hat (and several other patterns) and it’s quickly becoming my favorite acrylic yarn. There are lots of affordable acrylic yarns on the market right now and I’ve tried a lot of them. One of my biggest frustrations with worsted weight acrylic yarn is the vast variety of sizes. While all labeled worsted, they can vary from pretty thin to fairly thick. I really like that Brava Worsted is a very middle of the road, what I would consider standard worsted weight yarn.

 

Brava Worsted is 100% premium acrylic yarn and each skein has 218 yds/100g. The label says that it is machine washable and tumble dry. This is so important for hats because you know they can get dirty when you wear them for shoveling and snowball fights! I machine washed and dried some of my patterns made with Brava and they came out looking fabulous! At $2.99 per skein, it’s a good price for the yardage. You can make the Tamzin Hat and Cowl with two skeins of Brava Worsted!

 

 

Other Supplies

The rest of the supply list is pretty small. The only other things you really need are a US I (5.5mm) hook, a tapestry needle (these are my favorites) and scissors (aren’t these beautiful?).

 I fell in love with and always recommend Furls crochet hooks. Their Alpha Series is my absolute favorite hook line. It’s absolutely stunning and fits so well in my smaller hands. It is one of their pricier hooks, but well worth the splurge. If you’re looking to dip your toes into Furls hooks, I love their wooden Streamline hooks too. Because of their more affordable price, I have a lot of these hooks and use them regularly. They fit nicely in my hands too, are so comfortable to work with, and glide nicely through yarn!

 

The Pattern
A special deal for you!

I’m so thrilled to introduce the Tamzin Hat pattern as part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge event hosted by Christine of Sweet Potato 3! As part of this special event, my pattern is available for FREE starting at 7am MT Monday, October 25th through 8am MT Tuesday, October 26th! Go snag it now, before it’s too late! Please remember that purchasing the hat for free is a commitment to make at least one hat with the pattern and donate it to a charity.

 

The Tamzin Hat is a tier 3 pattern. Tier 3 patterns are designed to let your skill shine. They are larger, more complex projects that will mix several intermediate stitches or skills to create a gorgeous final project. 

 

Read more about my tiered pattern system here!

 

A HUGE ***thank you*** to my amazing testers! They all did such beautiful work! This pattern was tested and tech edited to be as clear as possible. Pattern testers are an important part of the publishing process. I appreciate the time and attention they give! Thank you to my wonderful tech editor Michelle Muskett of Tales of Knots whose attention to detail makes every pattern better! 

 

 

 How it works

 

 

If you haven’t been to Christine’s website to read all about the Crochet Cancer Challenge get the coupon code, click below and scroll down to day 25,  then click “find the pattern” and it’ll take you back here! 

 

Go to Sweet Potato 3

 

Now that you have the code, click below to shop on Ravelry and use the coupon code at checkout!

 

 

 

 

 

Missed the coupon code or not ready to purchase just yet? That’s ok! Click the image below and pin this post to Pinterest so you can easily find it later!

 

 

 

Patterns

Tamzin Cowl – Tier 2

This fun cowl is a coordinating pattern with the Tamzin Hat! It’s beautiful, repeating popcorn design is the perfect complement to the Tamzin Hat or the Ellery Hat!

 

 

Popcorn Stitch Cozy – Tier 1

If you’re looking for a quick project to learn and practice the popcorn stitch, the Popcorn Stitch Cozy is the perfect pattern. This pattern also uses working in the back bump and surface slip stitch join to create a decorative seam adding the perfect detail to this totally textured cozy! Lots of photo and video tutorials included!

 

Ellery Hat – Tier 3

The Ellery Hat was designed for donating to Hat Not Hate and also includes adult & child sizes and lots of customization options! This fun, highly textured hat mixes popcorn stitches with other intermediate stitches for a beautiful texture!

 

All of these links connect to my Ravelry shop, but if you prefer Etsy, you can find a link to my Etsy shop here!

Read more about my tiered pattern system here!

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