Très bon

One of the unexpected yields of blogging is coming across other people’s good ideas. Yesterday, for example, the Dorset Finca mentioned that she has been growing living stones (Lithops) and I was so excited that I immediately found out where to get the seeds and ordered some. These little succulent plants have fascinated me ever since I was a child, but I have never owned any. That, hopefully, is about to change if my seeds germinate. Without that chance reading of a blog post, I probably would never have thought to have a go at growing these little plants, despite my long-standing interest.

Other blog posts have inspired me with recipes, gardening tips and creative ways to reuse and recycle. But perhaps my favourite inspiration comes from the folks who knit and crochet and then share their patterns, ideas and links. And so, when Nice Piece of Work posted her guide to making a Bonbon hat a couple of weeks ago I was smitten and knew that I must have a go. All did not go to plan to begin with and I had one false start, but I’m not easily put off and my second attempt has been much better:

The finished BonBon

The finished BonBon

The technical bit

The yarn I used was double knitting wool acrylic blend and I worked with a 4mm hook. I followed Jill’s basic instructions with the following modifications: I increased 7 times on round 9 and 3 more times on round 12. I worked 23cm from the top before I started the brim. To make a snug brim, I crocheted front post trebles (fpt), but I missed every fifth stitch on the first round… that is on alternate ridges I only worked one stitch rather than two:

Detail of the start of the brim

Detail of the start of the brim

I worked about 6cm of fpts, which I folded over once to expose the horizontal reverse.

Finished hat

Finished hat

If I was making it again, I think I would use a slightly larger hook, perhaps 5mm, for a floppier texture (this will depend on your tension). Once you get going, it’s a really straightforward pattern and very adaptable, as this post from Jill demonstrates. It’s certainly a pattern I would use again – thank you Jill!

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  1. Heavens, reading about crocheting and knitting is like trying to absorb a foreign language that deals with higher equations via the fingertips alone. I love the sound of the lithops.
    xxx Mega Hugs xxx

  2. Thank you so much for the link! I hope those Lithop seedlings do some good growing for you… am now going to consider knitting a bonbon hat!! 🙂

  3. looks lovely, a lot more flattering than a standard hat I think 🙂

  4. I am with David Prosser and I crochet! My sad attempts would not do justice to that gorgeous hat. I might have to give it a (secret) go. I hope it doesn’t end up in my “failed crafts” cuboard along with all of the collarless jumpers and half frogged temper tantrums! I bought some lithops with high hopes as we live in a warm dry climate but alas, they just withered up and disappeared despite my best efforts to give them what they wanted. I did grow some Dioscorea elephantipes and some Madagascan palms from seed but then got into Permaculture and edibles so I haven’t explored much more about the world of exotics. Isn’t nature amazing? 🙂

  5. C’est si bon, and likewise, muy bonita! I have photographed the most extraordinary tree today, which I will share in a later post. I’d love to grow it, but can’t import the seeds into Australia, besides which, the blessed thing grows enormously tall. I’m with you on the lithops, but my succulents garden is getting rather full for the amount of available soil, and I haven’t been able to find any here. 4 more days in paradise, then I’m heading home to Cyclone Country – yes, there’s another one lurking meaningfully up the coast from home…

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