An amusing little tweed hat from the 1950s for you to crochet.
It uses the same yarn and technique as the tweed coat for January 2015.
Note: The Bouclet is used double throughout with one ball of white together with one ball of black.
Begin at the centre crown.
Make 4 chain, join into a ring with a slip stitch
1st round: 9 dc through centre of
ring, join with a slip stitch
4th round: 3 ch; *
2 htr in 1 dc , 1 htr in l dc; repeat from *
9 times more.
Make 100 ch, join into a ring with a slip stitch.
1st round: 100 dc in 100 ch.
7th round: 3 ch, *
1 htr in 1 dc; repeat from * all round,
join with a slip stitch.
Fasten off securely.
To Make Up
Sew over bare ends of wire with wool.
The orginal yarn was a fine bouclé knitting to a 4 ply tension
- and almost 100% wool. The tweed effect of the hat is created using the
yarn double with black and white together.
However, I think it is quite hard to work with yarn doubled at the best of times. I can only imagine that a bouclé would be even worse, and to crochet like this .... well you would need to be very determined. In defence of the original pattern, I think the bouclet specified was not a very loose loopy yarn; I believe it just has a gentle ripple in the spin.
So given that you have to find a substitute anyway, I would look for some kind of textured yarn which will give the right tension with a single strand - that would be a worsted or Aran weight - bearing in mind that the work is intended to have a tight tension to make a firm fabric suitable for a hat - even though you have some support with the wire.
In substituting you will have to gauge how much yarn to buy based on your own judgement. I have no yardage information to offer.
Whatever you choose - try out a swatch!