In the Groove

Get in a '60s groove and lighten up your wardrobe. Hot colors, hip looks, and fabulous styles -- all the rage in the peace-and-love era -- hit this collection big!


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It's back! The mod cap hits the current scene looking just as "outta sight" as it would have in the '60s. Super-soft suede yarn gives the cap the feel of fabric. The sturdy visor is made up of two layers of single crochet.

For a pretty touch, slip this bit of lace around your neck. Size 5 pearl cotton thread, worked in double-crochet and chain stitches, creates a soft backdrop for an assortment of glass beads. Search for beads in a crafts or bead store; just be sure the ones you select have a center hole large enough to accommodate a fine steel crochet hook.

Skill level:

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Intermediate

Finished measurement:

Circumference = 21"

Yarn

Lion Brand Lion Suede (Art. 210) 100% polyester; 3 oz. (85 g); 122 yds. (110 m); bulky weight

  • 1 ball #113 Scarlet (A)
  • 1 ball #140 Rose (B)
  • 1 ball #146 Fuchsia (C)

Hooks and Extras

  • Size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge

13 sc = 4" (10 cm); first 7 rnds = 4" (10 cm) across.

Take time to check your gauge.

Pattern Stitches

Sc2tog (single crochet decrease): Insert hook into st and draw up a lp. Insert hook into next st and draw up a lp. Yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.

FPsc (front post single crochet): Working from front to back to front, insert hook around post of stitch of row below, yo and draw up a lp, yo and draw through 2 lps on hook. Sk st behind FPsc.

Body

Starting at center top with A, ch 2.

Rnd 1 (RS): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook-6 sc.

Rnd 2: * With A, 2 sc in next sc and change to B; with B, 2 sc in next sc and change to C; with C, 2 sc in next sc and change to A; rep from * once more-12 sc.

Rnd 3: In est color sequence, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around-18 sc.

Rnds 4-15: Work rnds as est, inc 6 sc each rnd and maintaining color block pat as est-90 sc at end of Rnd 15. Piece should measure 9" across.

Maintaining color block pat as est, work Rnds 16-28 as follows.

Rnd 16: Sc in first 29 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 14 sc) twice, 2 sc in next sc, sc in rem 30 sc-93 sc.

Rnd 17: Sc in first 29 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 15 sc) twice, 2 sc in next sc, sc in rem 31 sc-96 sc.

Rnds 18 and 19: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 20: Sc in first 29 sc, (sc2tog, sc in next 15 sc) twice, sc2tog, sc in rem 31 sc-93 sc.

Rnd 21: Sc in first 29 sc, (sc2tog, sc in next 14 sc) twice, sc2tog, sc in rem 30 sc-90 sc.

Rnd 22: (Sc2tog, sc in next 13 sc) 6 times-84 sc.

Rnd 23: (Sc2tog, sc in next 12 sc) 6 times-78 sc.

Rnd 24: (Sc2tog, sc in next 11 sc) 6 times-72 sc.

Rnd 25: (Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sc) 6 times-66 sc.

Rnds 26-28: Using A only, sc in each sc around. At end of Rnd 28, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Visor

Note: Visor is constructed with 2 layers (inner and outer) and is worked on 26 sc at center front.

Foundation Row: With RS facing, sk first 20 sc from joining on Rnd 28, join A with sl st around post of next sc, ch 1, FPsc in same st, FPsc in next 25 sts; turn-26 sc.

Inner visor

Row 1 (WS): Working in front lps of each st for this row only, with A, ch 1, sc in first 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in rem 8 sc-28 sc; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 24 sc, sc2tog-26 sc; turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog-26 sc; turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 22 sc, sc2tog-24 sc; turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog-24 sc; turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 20 sc, sc2tog-22 sc; turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog-22 sc; turn.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 18 sc, sc2tog-20 sc. Fasten off.

Outer visor

Row 1: With RS facing, join A in first rem lp from Foundation Row of Visor. Working in rem lps across, ch 1, sc in same lp as joining and in next 7 lps. Work 2 sc in next lp, sc in 8 lps, 2 sc in next lp, sc in last 8 lps-28 sc; turn.

Rows 2-8: Rep Rows 2-8 of the Inner Visor.

Edging

Note: Size may be adjusted slightly by working the Edging looser or tighter to fit. In either case, work the sc around the Visor tightly; switch to a smaller hook if necessary.

Rnd 1: With RS facing, join A in last st of Rnd 28 on Body at center back; sl st in next 20 sc. Working through double thickness of Inner and Outer Visor and matching sts, sc in row-end st of each of next 7 rows, sk row-end st of Row 8, sc in next 20 sc across front of Visor, sk row-end st of Row 8, sc in each of next 7 row-end sts, sl st in next 20 sc of cap; join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in ends. Dampen the cap and block it by slipping the piece over a 9"-diameter round plate; smooth the top around the form and allow it to dry completely.

Design by Doris Chan

Skill level:

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Intermediate

Finished measurement:

Length = 14" (but easily stretches to 15" with button and button loop)

Thread:

1 ball DMC Pearl Cotton (Size 5): #815 Burgundy

Hooks and Extras:

  • Size B/1 (2.25 mm) steel crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
  • Small steel crochet hook (size to fit through hole in all beads)
  • Thirteen 6.35 mm glass beads
  • One 12.7 mm glass bead
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge

6 hdc = 1" (2.54 cm).

Take time to check your gauge.

Using size B hook and cotton, ch 97. Sl st into 6th ch from hook (buttonhole made on end).

Hdc in next 12 chs; insert hook into next st and pick up lp, place lp onto small steel hook with small glass bead on it; push the bead down onto the picked-up lp, remove small hook and insert size B hook into the lp. Yarn around hook and draw through both lps to complete sc-Bead-1 completed.

(Hdc in next 5 chs, Bead-1 in next ch) 11 times; hdc in rem 12 ch. Fasten off. Sew last small glass bead to end of choker for button.

Beaded drop

Join cotton in 3rd (center) hdc between 6th and 7th beads; ch-9, sl st in same hdc. Bead-1 with large bead in ch-9 lp.

Work 6 sc around both ch-9 lp and first sc-lp of Bead-1 (catching 1 side of Bead-1 sc-lp, and half of the ch-9 lp); then work 6 sc around both ch-9 lp and other side of Bead-1 sc-lp on 2nd half to encircle bead. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Design by Nancy Wyatt

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