Fiber Trends calls it a Crocheted Felt hat, yet other have said when you felt wool, it's fulled. In any case, felting is a bit of a fun way to play around with wool and also make a wonderful fabric using crocheting or knitting.
In any event, I am kind of stuck in the house, feeling sick, feverish and achy and decide I must do this hat come hell or high water. I've used Bev's pattern before and I love it. It also is seamless, another love, but it involves a lot of counting, which I don't love too much. My feverish brain lost count too many times and after many frogging episodes it was completed to my satisfaction. I will say, the front loader felts great, however you have no control about stopping it mid-cycle so a lot of pacing and wondering happens during the process.
First off, I used Plymouth Wool Outback Yarn (100% wool, a must for felting, although the SWS felts nicely, this was plain wool) in a colorway I don't even remember the name of, just had a number. These are giant skeins, 370 yards, a little lighter than suggested, but I took my chances.
I have made the brimmed hat at the very top, but decided for this one, I would make the one on the right-sort of semi-brimmed (darker navy one) for this design and off I went. I crocheted, counted, frogged, crocheted, counted, frogged, cursed and finally, it was done. Now these "things" look kind of like the character on the cartoon "Fat Albert" from when I was a kid (really aging myself here), but sort of like this:
But, you get my drift. Now comes the fun. I know it's for someone who has a larger head than myself, so I worry about the sizing. I toss it in the washing machine with two pair of old jeans and a little soap, put the water temp on hot wash/cold rinse and normal setting and leave the room. I check 1/2 hour later and it felted well, however I wanted it a little tighter, so I switched the washer to the "quick" cycle and repeated. I checked, rather hesitantly and it seemed to be the size I needed. I bought the big "mans" size mannequin head specifically for blocking felted hats because of the size and because when making chemo caps I can adjust for size using that head. I would love the millinery hat blockers, but between cost and all the sizes, this works out great. Okay, back to the hat-I stretched it to shape, formed the brim and let it dry.