1983 Tassel Hat

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The July 1983 issue of The Workbasket has tons of Christmas and winter goods. One of them is this crocheted tassel hat. In the same issue is a similar knit hat (but I didn’t make that one, yet!)

This hat is constructed flat and then stitched up. The rows create the stripes so your sideways rows go top to bottom when completed. Very neat. One side features a series of decreases and stitch changes to create the smaller top. You create the ridges by working in the back loop only.

It was pretty neat to make, and I liked the end result a lot more than I expected. I wasn’t quite sure about the pattern or the yarn when I started. The yarn is bulky weight Bernat Viva, which I bought on clearance one day just because I liked the color. When I actually went to get started I liked the color a little less, and didn’t really know how it would work up.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the almost polka-dot color changes it had. The color changes were very close together, and looked almost like dots on the yarn. But I love the colorway in general, so I risked it.

It came out super cute! It can be worn cuffed or uncuffed, and is quite cushy and toasty. The color came out MUCH better than I expected. I can’t share the pattern, BUT I do hope to make a few to sell when I get my shop opened.

If you collect the magazine and have this issue it IS a project I recommend! If you don’t have this issue and are desperate for the pattern then check ebay. You can usually get individual issues or whole boxes for a very affordable price! Get several issues and you can follow along with my projects often!

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