This crochet long tailed stocking cap features a tapestry-work crown made from beautifully-soft pure Australian wool. Tonally, muted blues bounce against subtle burgundies, accented with calming mauves, all lightly spangled with silvery glitz.
The hat, with its super-long, elegantly-swishing tail- perfect to wrap around the wearer’s neck for extra warmth- exquisite yarns and soft colours should be a welcome winter wardrobe addition! The long, spheroided tail of 152cm/60”/5’ (including the luxuriantly extra-thick, fluffy tassel of 20cm/8” with its 15cm/6” long, handtwisted cord) acts as an attached scarf.
Overall, the stocking cap features a broad variety of crochet stitches and techniques, from complex entarsia/tapestry crochet, to 3D crochet cables, bobbles, puff and berry stitches.
Tapestry crochet techniques are used throughout, especially in the crown section, with its double outlined zigzag motif which is ‘studded’ with bobbles. The two main yarns in the crown are from Bendigo wool mills. The upper section main yarn is variegated burgundy with muted blue, while the lower section is made from the same yarn with the colours reversed- variegated muted blue with burgundies. The outline yarns in the crown are also pure Australian wool, in matching blues and burgundy.
The entire head section has a broad, lower band of fuzzy, muted deeper blue eyelash yarn, and is edged with a row of extra-silky-soft, matching, blue designer yarn. This hat should feel absolutely gorgeous to wear!
Spring Storm is medium-to-large in size, best suited to snuggle around and enliven a noggin of up to 59cm/23”.
It was inspired by the many storms the Barrington Tops area (and a lot of Australia, in fact) have had this year. The blues are those of a sky scattered with clouds, while clear, cerulean sky peeks through in little places. The burgundies are those we see in the Spring growth in the trees and ferns, whose new leaves are reddish. The accompanying video shows such a storm, from the front verandah of my house. This is the view I see while I’m working on hats, and the same, stormy skies I was watching while making this specific hat.*
This hat is a unique, individual piece of wearable Art headgear, designed and robustly crocheted by myself. No patterns were harmed, or even used in its making. It should give its owner years of warm wear, provided it is washed carefully.
It is made from mainly natural yarns, mostly pure Australian wool, with fluffy, fuzzy synthetic yarns (like feathers and eyelash yarns) and a little mohair and angora. The woollen yarns in this hat are very wearable, and not in the least scratchy. The main yarns of the head section were sourced direct from the Bendigo wool mills, and are not available in stores as far as I know. I have an entire jumper and matching mitts made from these yarns and can vouch for how soft, warm and snuggly they are!
In fact, I like this hat so much that I will be making matching mitts in the near future.
Please handwash and rinse Spring Storm in lukewarm water, then roll in a towel to gently squeeze out excess moisture, and dry flat. Do not bleach, machine wash or tumble dry.
I use Australia Post and usually send out parcels within 24 hours, except on weekends, because the local post office is closed Saturday and Sunday. Shipping to the US/UK should take about ten days, but unfortunately shipping delays can happen sometimes. If that’s the case, let me know and I can follow up the parcel’s progress from this end and keep buyers informed.
Most parcels will ship with tracking, where destinations allow for tracking (Aus, USA, UK and many others all do).
Australians- at present I’m posting all hats by express post to ensure they arrive quickly and can be tracked.
*Australia’s official (calendar) Spring is not in line with seasons in other countries- our seasons have their own dates, different to the change of season dates northern hemisphere.
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Thanks for looking!