Crochet: Scraptastic hat update; pattern test complete

Posted by on June 4, 2012 at 5:41 am.

Yesterday, I posted the completed crocheted tam hat on Ravelry, and now I’m posting the item here. 

Crochet Scraptastic hat 1


Getting my daughter to only focus on the hat was a bit of a challenge, since she wanted to include all of me within the picture.

Crochet Scraptastic hat 2

But she finally realized why I  wanted just a head shot. Obviously, I wanted to draw attention to this hat. I needed pictures to post on Ravelry. And so she snapped several side shots, to capture this colorful crocheted hat. I really love the colors.

Crochet Scraptastic hat 3

My daughter does think it’s hilarious that my head is so big, that I had to modify the pattern. Mommy, I just thought of a great idea! Your hat could double as a purse being that it is so big! Yeah… the girl has jokes, lucky me, right? 

I definitely am making other hats using a similar design to the one created by Sarah Jane Designs, but since I’m no longer pattern testing. I can make the modifications that I want. 

I’m thinking it will be one of the hats I wear when I’m outside. When gardening or cutting the grass, I’m dealing with a lot of dust. Straw hats cover my dreadlocks help somewhat, but I’m still dealing with a ton of dust that I have to get out of my hair.

Speaking of dreadlocks/locs…. 

One of the comments, I received, mainly from family, is that people who wear dreadlocks don’t wash them. This conversation happened years ago, when I mentioned that I was thinking about locking my hair. 

I smiled and said…

“Following that line of thinking people of a certain race, must all act a certain way, since we know that stereotypes are true, right?” Don’t believe the hype, it’s an inaccurate stereotype. 🙂

Wearing your hair in locks doesn’t mean that hair maintenance days are over. My hair gets washed daily.  

Would that statement apply to some people? Of course, but you have individuals who forgo hair maintenance regardless of the hairstyle, and there’s  variety of reasons behind those choices too.

My relatives comments brought an interesting discussion, about stereotypes, and how we should be mindful of the way we view others/groups. Regardless of the group(s) a person identifies with; race, religion, politics, dreadlock wearers, etc.,  It’s really not fair to judge an entire group negatively, is it? Many of us dislike inaccurate stereotypes, so why would we do that to others? 

I really don’t mind when people ask me questions, even if some view the questions asked as “offensive”. I’m not offended easily.  And I also realize that at times, the questions a person asks can be a chance to educate…


  • Karen says:

    that hat looks beautiful with your hair! the multicolored yarn goes perfectly with your hair and skin tone. I hadn’t thought of all the dust that must get in dread locks.
    I laugh with your daughter laughing at your big head seeing as I have the opposite problem with a small head and difficulty finding a hat that doesn’t fall down over my ears – I’ve gotten some weird looks when trying on hats.
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Karen,
    I get a chuckle at some of the things my daughter says. I don’t mind being teased about my big ole head. It’s true after all.

    When I worked for a local university, one of my co-workers had the same challenges as yourself. Since her head was small, it was hard to find hats that fit properly. 🙂

    Constantly wrapping my hair (hats or headwraps) keeps the dust out, especially when I’m doing yard work. Hopping in the shower, immediately after my work is completed outside, is always good. Not only because I’m sweaty, but also to rinse off the dust that might be in my hair, lol. Brushing, once the hair has officially locked can be helpful. The amount of time it takes to lock the hair, varies depending on person’s hair texture. Mine are locked, so I use a soft brush on them; It helps keep my dreadlocks lint free. 🙂
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  • Teeni says:

    Oh my! I had to catch my breath when I first popped over here to see the latest post! Look at you, my beautiful friend! 🙂 And your hat turned out fabulously! Also, love your comment about using questions to educate. Perfect! And I had no idea you could even brush locs. I just thought they got twisted daily. You are still educating me and I’m so glad I have someone who doesn’t mind answering questions. Hugs to you!


    Opal Reply:

    Well thanks @Teeni,
    That made me smile… 🙂

    Yes, I occasionally use a soft brush on my locs. I was always fascinated with them since they reminded me of hanks of soft yarn yarn.

    No twisting daily, thankfully. Too much hair manipulation, such as twisting, can damage your hair. Your hairs texture depends on your hair type. My hair is very curly coils (think of springs) so left alone, my hair would lock fast. Some people put things in their hair to help it twist, hair butters, products with bees wax. I chose not to use anything, when I was locking my hair. I didn’t want to deal with the product buildup.

    I twist my hair perhaps every few weeks, whenever a lot of new growth is pushing out of my scalp. 😉
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  • Mike says:

    I like the colorful crocheted hat pictures that you have shared. The hat looks good on you. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.


    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @Mike, I like how it turned out too, although I wasn’t so sure while I was crocheting the hat. 😉
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  • DragonLady says:

    Love the hat! And I am laughing over the “big head” comment from your daughter too. I have a big gourd which I passed on to both my kids rather than them getting my husband’s little “pea head.”
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    Opal Reply:

    Lol, I like that term @DragonLady, “Big gourd”, I might have to use it when referring to my head. Yeah, my daughter has my big head too, so I told her she couldn’t laugh too much. 😉
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  • Jennifer says:

    OMG! I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this! So far…my fave of your projects!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer, Thanks, it’s because of the colors it’s become one of my favorites too. Nice to “see you” again. 😉
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  • Jessie says:

    Multi-colored hat looks great on you. I have a friend at University who is mad about hats, i will recommend this to him for sure!


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