Sunday, 8 February 2015

Little Girl's Cloche Hat Russian Pattern Update



I know it was MONTHS ago I posted about my intent to make the little cute cloche hats that are bombarding the interwebs.

Many sincerest apologies for the delay. The Christmas and getting the Sonofaguns ready for the school year had kind of taken over life BUT I have been working on them when life grants me 5 minutes to sit down for crochet bliss.

So just to recap (pardon the pun... cap/ hat etc), I posted back at the beginning of December about how I was going to make these hats from the patterns which are posted elsewhere by talented pattern creators.  The original pattern was created by a Russian lass and poorly translated into English can be found here. 

I then located a website with a link to a clever lady who has one of the patterns available for free on etsy in 'real life English' which you can download from here. 

I have been making two hats. One for a 4 year old and the other for a 2 year old.  
The hat patterns don't seem to give sizings for the different ages. Usually we get to try them on the lucky little ladies as we go so we can adjust. 

However the little girls who are to get these hats are elsewhere in various locations in this vast continent, so I'm using 1 part interwebs assistance, 1 part guesswork, and 1 part luck and hoping they will fit!

The hats are a little bit stretchy. Which is great!  The added ribbon stops that stretch. Which is not great. So let's hope they fit!

So here's my first BIG REVEAL:




This is hat number 1 on Sonofagun No. 2...

I followed the Etsy pattern up until the first batch of single crochet stitches before the brim, then only did altered the pattern a little so it would naturally flick out a little.  The brim also was less bulky than when using the original pattern.


I then found some gorgeous ribbons at Big W (of all places!)


And used the lovely soft green ribbon....

And then added some flowers and leaves from various free patterns that the Google found for me.

I freestyled the green viney stuff which was so fun, almost addictive. I was on the verge of covering the hat in green curly vines all over the place!

The leaves are Lucys from Attic 24 which can be found at the bottom of her post tutorial for the Triple Layer Flower .  

The large rose is called the Gratitude Flower which can be downloaded for free from Bonita Patterns .

The little flowers were another free pattern from the clever blog Crochet and Other Stuff.


The addition of the green ribbon meant that whilst Sonofagun No.2 with his nearly 6 year old head, was able to model the hat in the first photo, it wouldn't fit him with the ribbon on in the final photo.  If it is going to be too small for a 4 year old girl, then it may need to be removed (insert sad face here).

And so for the 2 year old's hat, I have almost finished the actual hat part.

In a previous post I modelled a reluctant Sonofagun with a yellow thing half finished on his noggin. 

I scrapped that. It was shit. It kept inexplicably blowing out to a beret for an elephant.

I jumped in Luce (short for Luciano) the trusty X-trail and headed to the nearest Lincraft (Geelong of all places!) and found some lovely 2 ply cotton in a deep blue:




And I have 4 short days to get this one finished to be handed over to Aunty Horse Rescuer when we meet up at the Mothership's birthday in th Garden of Eden (aka Mollymook NSW, aka where I want to retire when I win Lotto next week).

What do you think?  

Now I know I promised to interpret and write up the other Russian Hat pattern which doesn't have a proper English translation online and looks like this:




I will do this when I finish this project. Hopefully it won't take me as long this time...


If any of you have finished one of these cute hats, I'd love to see it!  

I'm not sure if you can paste photos in the comments section or email me via the Google+ link but give it a go and I'll post them here for all the world (10-15 regular readers including my mother and various aunts, cousins and friends) to see!!

xox
Louise

The Red Haired Amazona


>>4th of March 2015:
Hello Crochet Queens!  Just a quick update to let you know I've posted my version of the Cloche hat Spiral pattern here!!<<


50 comments:

  1. As usual, entertaining blog. Love the finished hat.

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    1. Really beautiful hats all of them and I'd love to make one for my granddaughter's as they would love them to.

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  2. So the etsy pattern worked? I was asked to make some of these for some little girls I go to church with. Any help or advice on understanding the free pattern would be awesome. Or should I just try the etsy one? Normally I can look and figure out but I am struggling with this one. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Nicole!
      The Etsy pattern does work. But it doesn't really give a good indication of sizing for different ages. What it does do is give a mathematical formulae for working out the childs head circumference to work out the hat diameter. Apparently it's the childs head circumference times Pi minus 1.5cm! That is detailed on the first page.
      I'm kind of lazy at maths and the children I am making hats for are on the other side of the country from both me and my aunt so this has been a bit of guesswork for sizing. After giving the orange hat to Auntie Horse Rescuer for the 4 year old, she said it would fit the 2 year old. Doh!
      The brim in kind of in 2 stages. The first is 3 rows of straight single crochet, and 1 row of single crochet with SC's added in. I only did 2 rows of SC, before the last row with extra SCs.
      The second part of the brim is the rows of front and back post double crochets.

      When I also started to work on the 2nd stage of the brim, I switched to a hook one size up, as for me, this seemed to create a perkier brim. When I tried to make the second hat and stuck to the pattern still using the 2.5mm, it didn't create that cute turned out effect.
      So I'd say give the Etsy pattern a go. It's simply one lass's interpretation of the Russian original. The body of the hat is super easy with a little fiddling towards the end.
      Good luck!

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  3. I enjoyed reading your story of the hat making.. you are so funny! How many sonofaguns do you have? I've seen those cloches and they are magnificent.. but I'm not sure mine would look anything like those fancy ones! So nice to meet you, I'm glad you found me!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thank you Teresa! It's so lovely to connect with others out in 'Blogland'! I have 2 Sonofaguns, each equally quirky, frustrating and funny! Working on translating these patterns have become a great project for me. Whilst one of them has already been figured out by one lovely lady and made available for free on Etsy, the other pattern is the one I've now been concentrating on. Whilst they're not my usual choice of project, I've enjoyed the challenge!

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    2. love love love this little blue hat and cute flowers !! please let me know when you get it all figured out because I sure cant !! huntsfunnyfarm@yahoo.com

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    3. Hi there! So lovely to hear from you :). I'm currently crocheting and testing and writing like a demon to post everything in time for next wednesday at the latest. It's a challenge I've set for myself! I'll definitely let you know when I'm done. My favourite is the spiral cloche hat which doesn't have an english translation. But it soon will!
      Xox

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  4. I have looked at the original translated version and all I can say is I am glad YOU are working it out. It is especially hard for me because my first yarn talent is knitting and crocheting itself is more difficult for me. Thanks for all of your help.

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  5. Thank you thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for! :)

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  6. Hello, I appreciate your insight into this pattern b/c I've completed one with the biggest size. It was too big for my own head! I used 2-ply sock yarn and a size D hook. The band was stretched out and not tight at all. I really like this hat and am determined to try it again for my new granddaughter expected in less than a week. I've got a couple of years, so maybe I'll get it right by then. I appreciate the flower directions, too. Oh, I'm anxious to see the spiral one, also. I hope it's crocheted b/c I can't knit. Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi there! Are you working on the etsy pattern? If so, i think a D hook is 3.25mm? If so try using a 2.5mm hook or smaller for a little baby. Also if you are making for a bubba, check the notes for the information on head sizes and circumference to help you adjust accordingly. You may only need to crochet to round 5 to reach the diameter you need. You then simply crochet around with no further increases till you get to the brim length you need.
      Btw the spiral hat is crochet! And giving me a hard time with its crazy brim but ive nearly finished!
      good luck!

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  7. Can this be made out of the same cotton yarn that dishcloths are typically made out of? That is all I have at the house and wanted to give it a try now.

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    1. Hi there! The original hats made by the Russian gal were made with 4 ply mercerized cotton which gives that lovely sheen. I've been using normal 4ply cotton which is the same cotton that my Nana used to make washcloths out of. It's got more of a matte look. So in answer to your question: maybe? I would say give it a go anyway! I've been using Patons cotton 4 ply which is also available in 8 ply. you could also use double knit but this would make a chunkier hat. Hope this helps. Xox

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    2. Thanks, I will try it with the cotton I have for the washcloth and then if it comes out OK I will have to go buy some prettier yarn. Looking to make one for a 2 year old do you remember what size you used when you made the one for the 4 year old but it ended up fitting the 2 year old? I just found my 2.5mm hook and will be getting started soon. Thanks again

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    3. I think i used an 8ply for that orange hat because I hadn't any 4 ply at that stage. At the moment I'm using a 4 ply for the spiral hat and it's working out at about the same size but try it on her as you go. Rows 6-10 can be done to increase of required. But if you hit the right sizing, stop working in the Increase rows. I'd love to see how you go!

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  8. Unfortunately she is not near me to try it on and can't get in touch with anyone to measure her head. I am on row 9 now and it seems pretty big maybe I should stop and start the cloche part

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    1. Oh dear! That was my problem too! I followed the pattern and stopped increasing at row 8 if that helps!

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  9. the one you are working out on the. bottom has been worked out its posted in crochet addict on facebook,it was a collaboration between 3 women and finished and posted by one Karen archamboult, its in ther under her name and posted as summertime Hat

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  10. This is what we came up with: Magic ring, ch 3, 15dc in ring, pull snug and join. =16dc (ch 3 counts as first dc)
    Rnd 2: Ch 4, *1dc, ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join in top of ch 3. = 32 sts
    Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same space as Ch3, *ch 1, 2dc*, repeat * to * around and join in top of ch 3. = 48 sts.
    Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in ch3 space, *ch 2, dc, dc*, repeat * to * around, join in top of ch 3. =64 sts.
    Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same space as ch 3, dc, ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc, ch 2*, repeat from * to * around, join in top of ch 3. =80 sts.
    Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc in next dc, dc, dc, ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, dc, dc, ch 2* repeat from * to * around, join in top of ch 3. = 96 sts.
    Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch 2, *2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. =96 sts.
    Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch2, *2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. =96 sts.
    Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch 2, *2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. =96 sts.
    Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch 2, *2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. = 96 sts.
    Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch 2, *2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. = 96 sts.
    Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch 2, * 2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. = 96 sts.
    Rnd 13: Ch 3, dc in same ch 3 space, dc, dc, ch 2, *2 dc, dc, dc, ch 2*, repeat around; join in top of ch 3. =96 sts.
    This ends the hat, you will now begin the brim according to the symbol chart.
    Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join in ch 1 space= 96 sts.
    Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc in the next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st, *sc in the next 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc*, repeat around and join in the ch 1 space.
    Rnd 16 & 17: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in the ch 1 space.
    Rnd 18: Ch 1, sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, *sc in the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next*, repeat around. Join in the ch 1 space.
    Rnd 19 & 20 & 21: Ch 1, Sc in each st around, join in ch 1 space.
    Rnd 22: Ch 1, sc in each of the next 7 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat this around, join in the ch 1 space.
    Rnd 23: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in the ch 1 space.
    You will need to shape the hat as seen in the photo. Add whatever embellishments you desire.
    This is my first time writing a pattern from a symbols chart, so please let me know if there is a mistake so I can correct it.
    Good luck

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    1. I am working on the blue one as we speak, I tried to follow the Russian video also and I am having trouble. I am going to try and follow the directions above, but I am more of a see and do kinda person. If you can post a video when done that would be FANTASTIC! Thank you for doing this pattern, I am using Caron Simply Soft and it looks a little thick but I was hoping for a bigger size so hopefully this works! *Fingers Crossed*

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    2. To the pattern writers above, fantastic! It's so tricky to figure out isn't it? Ive almost finished writing my version out which has a few differences from what you've written above. Is that the one from the Facebook page mentioned in the comment above? I'd love to also tell peeps about your version as well when i post mine up, if that's ok with you guys?

      In relation to the crocheter above who asked about a video, i havent yet got plans to do one but great idea! i will have lots of pictures though!

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    3. or for Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same space as Ch3, *ch 1, 2dc*, repeat * to * around and join in top of ch 3. = 48 sts.
      should I be using the space between the dcs in the previous round?

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    4. Hi Melanie! The pattern above i think comes from the a group called Crochet Addicts. most of the pattern interpretations (including mine) and the original hat created by the Russian lady does the double crochets in the top of the previous double crochets.
      Xox louise

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    5. Hey, I've finally gotten the courage to try the spiral hat...it's so pretty! (Plus a few folks here want it!) I'm on Row 4, and am confused. [*ch 2, dc, dc*, repeat * to * around,] Where do I place these stitches? I guess that would go for the following rows also. I thought they would go into the dc from the previous row, but then wasn't sure whether to count the 2ch on the row below, or skip 2 stitches, because it was starting to look a little ruffley. I'm sorry for the confusion; if you can't 'get' what I'm asking, that's okay...I'll fiddle around a bit. Thanks for taking the time to work out the pattern and post it in the first place!!

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    6. Hi Wen.
      are you referring to row 4:
      4th row: Ch 3. *Ch 1, FPDC in the next FPDC of the previous row, ch 1, DC in the DC of the previous row. Continue from * around until you get to the first ch 3. Sl st in the top of ch 3. Should have: 16 DC, 16 FPDC & 32

      If so, you dc in the dc of the previous row. Feel free to email me if you wish to balibelibear@gmail.com
      xox

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  11. I must admit I am totally confused. I found the original post online about the hats with pretty flowers. I then went to find the free pattern on Ravelry. I then went to Luba Davis Etsy site and the green baby hat is not listed on there. I found your post but am I missing a pattern here? The sweet orange/pink hat with the green ribbon is adorable. Do you not have a pattern for this? Thank you Julie.
    My granddaughter is due in early May. I would like to have one or three made by then. I am not a good enough crocheter to work out a pattern for myself, and I do not work from charts.

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    1. Hi Britgirl! I have a link above to the Etsy page. I tested it in case the lady had removed her pattern and it's still available to download as a pdf document. I am currently working on the spiral hat pattern to put up here in a post in the next day or two which doesn't use charts. Just lots of descriptions and pictures! Hope this helps :)

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    2. I guess I should go back and check again, but I didn't see it earlier. Thank you for checking and I will be checking/subscribing to your blog for future references. These hats have become something of an enigma on the web!! I do appreciate all your efforts. Thank you - Julie

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    3. Hi louise I checked your link again and it takes me to Raverly there it offers the pattern for free and a link then takes you to Craftsy where in the "About" area to the right is has this to say:
      About the designer
      Luba Davies on craftsy.com
      Luba Davies Atelier
      by Luba Davies
      England
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      ***Due to the new EU VAT rules on digital download starting from 1st January 2015 and total mess about this issue I'm forced to stop selling here after 3 years of very nice experience. I'm very sorry and hope Craftsy will help us all soon****
      ***Some of my crochet patterns are still available on Ravelry with payment via LoveKnitting***
      ***Enjoy a wide choice of free patterns from my store***
      From here I have gone to her Etsy store and this green hat is not on there. I have sent her an email, but as she is in England it may be a while before I get a response.
      I do hope you are able to post your results soon, too.
      Thank you for your help and guidance.
      Julie

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    4. To britgirl 58
      I have the pdf file of both of Luba Davies hats. The green one called Summer Cloche and the pink one called Apple Blossom hat.I have made both for my granddaughters and they are adorable! My Favorite is the blue spiral, so thank you Louise for posting the directions. The directions posted above are close but not quite right. They don't have the FPDC.
      I'm happy to share the Luba Davies patterns with anyone if you send me your email. Michelle. my email is mhterry@tidewater.net

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    5. I just found the Apple Blossom hat. It's adorable! I do prefer the spiral hat as well. Im still looking for a few balls in the mercerised cotton which i really like so i can make one that looks closer to the original spiral Hats with their glossy look.

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  12. My favourite is the spiral cloche hat which doesn't have an english translation. Do you know where I can have it? If you translate please send me a copy.

    Thank you very much.!

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  13. This message is for Anonymous:

    My favourite is the spiral cloche hat which doesn't have an english translation. Do you know where I can have it? If you translate please send me a copy.

    Sorry I forgot my e-mail address: clairenadeau29@hotmail.com

    Thank you very much.!

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  14. Luba Davies also has one on Ravelry called Miss Pansy brim cloche which is pretty close to the green one that is a free download

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  15. Hi, could you tell me what size hook you changed to so the brim stands out.
    Many Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Fiona! The orange hat uses a 2.5mm hook for the brim but the blue spiral hat uses a 2mm hook for the brim.
      good luck!

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  16. I have looked on FB for CrochetAddicts. Found one person making cute things, but no Russian beanie cloches. What exactly is this FB name so I can see how make those adorable hats for my five granddaughters? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Fawn!
      If you're looking for the Russian Hat spiral pattern it can be found here:http://redhairedamazona.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/russian-little-girls-cloche-hat-pattern.html?m=0
      Hope this helps!

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    2. Hi Fawn!
      If you're looking for the Russian Hat spiral pattern it can be found here:http://redhairedamazona.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/russian-little-girls-cloche-hat-pattern.html?m=0
      Hope this helps!

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  17. Finished my hat last night from your most recent pattern . It turned out great . Thank You for your hard work on deciphering the Russian pattern . Now on to making & decorating the hat with flowers . Thank You again from June In WV ( US ).

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  18. Louise, have you finished writing the pattern? I have been watching for it.
    Also, could you post the etsy pattern you said you used? Thanks,

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    1. Hi Gwen, if you're referring to the pattern for the spiral hat, i posted the pattern in March. Theres also a link to the other pattern in that blog post. You can find the link to it and a youtube video tutorial up in the tutorials section of this blog! Xox Louise

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  19. I thought you were doing the one like your orange one. That is the one I am looking for.

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    1. Hi Gwen, oh sorry i thought you meant the spiral one. I think at the time I felt as there already was a translation I didnt need to write up another pattern (didnt want to step on toes!). But in case you hadnt found the link it is here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-cloche-2
      Xox

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  20. I love this precious hat! I watched the Russian lady on YouTube & she used a plastic tube to hold the brim as it should be. Does anyone know where to find that? I've crocheted some cloche's before & the brims were wavy so I used some floral wire because that was all I had. It worked okay but I sure would like to find that millinery tubing.

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    1. Hi Tex! I've seen that video as well. If your brim is wavy, you can try omitting any additional ch stitches between the dcs and fpdcs in the brim. In the hat tutorial post, I've included a link to Off The Hooks brim which uses this method. :) and no need for plastic wire!

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  21. Thank you. I have other cloche patterns for adults & I wondered if the Off The Hooks brim would work on those cloche hats. The cloche hat for adults that I have made are by Hopeful Honey but that brim is wavy.
    http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2014/07/1920s-cloche-hat-crochet-pattern.html

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  22. Hello. you did a wonderful job on your hats and i love all the flowers and extras I have been crocheting for over 50 years I would spend hours making things from my grandmas old patterns and have some of them still they are all made with crochet cotton not the heavy cotton you are all using and to me that looks what they used in the pics on pinterest so i will try making some that way next week after done doing crib set for new grand daughter.will keep you posted

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