When my mom was here a couple weeks ago, we headed up to my LYS, and I fell in love with a sample I saw there for a crochet sun hat made of PAPER yarn! So of course I ended up with some:
|Natural Club 100% wood fiber yarn|
I got the green for me and the cream to make as a gift for my aunt in Germany. And here's a pic of the pattern:
|"Shade Me" by Taylor Tengelsen|
I tried the sample on in the store, and it is really cute - much cuter than it looks in the picture. And the band is woven in with bias tape!
I didn't have a chance to sit down with this until the weekend, and I managed to finish the crown shaping:
So far I'm really liking this pattern. It uses a large-ish hook (H) and all single crochet. I also really like that the construction is spiral - no slip stitch, chain one at the end of each round. You just mark the last stitch of the round and keep on going. I will admit though, the "raffia" is a little rough on the hands. It didn't take me all that long to get this far - maybe an hour and a half - but then I had to stop because my hands were getting fatigued.
The paper yarn is surprisingly sturdy. I was worried I'd have to crochet very gingerly, but that's not the case at all. I started with my hat so I could work out any kinks in the pattern and sizing before starting my aunt's, but so far things have been pretty straightforward.