A Year of Techniques now takes a sharp turn from adorable, lanky mice and graceful swaths of intarsia toward a quick project that is going to up our style game considerably.
Friends, we are making a cloche.
A cloche is a close-fitting, bell-shaped hat. (Cloche is French for “bell,” just saying.)
Go ahead, google “Downton Abbey cloche.” (We just did it for you.) Every hat you adored in Downton Abbey was a cloche. The word that comes to mind is fetching. We are low on fetching in our knitted hat wardrobe, and it’s about time we did something about it.
The beloved designer Romi Hill brings her deep understanding of lace to her Talmadge Cloche—we’ve never seen a lace pattern like this, and it’s just gorgeous in its subtlety and texture. Welcome, Romi! Don’t be a stranger!
In addition, we’re going to get the hang of the knitted-on edging. We are only vaguely acquainted with the technique of a knitted-on edging. The concept of knitting perpendicularly has many possible uses—blankets, shawls, pullovers—and, of course, a brim to a cloche.
And the Talmadge Cloche presents the opportunity for creative use of two decorative buttons. Buttons!
Our fearless leader, Jen Arnall-Culliford, explains it all for us in the video up top in her typically cool-headed way. And she includes quick lessons in cable cast on and knitted cast on. We Are Learning So Much, Y’all.
Here she is, fetching as ever.