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Crochet A Joan Crawford Silent Movie Gypsy Head Scarf Hat Doo Rag Pirate Hipster

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I have to admit that the old-timey silent films put me to sleep. However, the other night I watched, on cable TV's TCM station, The Unknown, a 1927 film starring Lon Chaney Sr. and Joan Crawford. Directed by Tod Browning, the plot is somewhat creepy as Chaney, by day, plays an armless knife thrower in a gypsy circus and at night, a thief who removes the trusses from around his torso to reveal his limbs. It's a disturbing film with Crawford as his love interest. The intrigue is fascinating but what I focused on was the costuming, especially the head wear. It seemed that all the characters were wearing head scarves. Tied at the side, these scarves gave everyone a personality. Crawford's was long and flowing while Chaney had his knot tied short. I thought it would be fun to re-create a gypsy head scarf in crochet. I discovered that this type of head covering can also be turned backwards for a doo-rag or used as a chemo cap. I utilized an open stitch pattern, and if using an organic cotton yarn, would be perfect for the beach or a drive in a top down convertible.

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Materials: 2.5 ounces worsted weight yarn (#4). I used Bernat Super Value in the color Fresh Lilac

Aluminum hook Size H/5.5 or size required to work to gauge.

Gauge: 5 V sts = 4"; 2 rnds = 1".

Size: Fits most heads however to adjust, use a smaller or larger hook.

Pattern notes: The ties are crocheted first, then the work is connected and the body of the hat is crocheted upwards.

Special Stitch: V stitch (V-st) = [dc, ch1, dc]

Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 152, this should mea­sure about 40" without stretching, in 6th ch from hook work (dc, ch 1 and dc -V st made); * skip 2 chs, in next ch work a V-st, repeat from * across to last 2 ch sts, skip next ch, dc in last ch. You will have the beginning turning ch, 49 V-sts, and a dc in the last ch. Turn.

Row 2: Work 7 sl sts across by slip stitching in each dc and ch space to the first dc of the 3rd V- st, ch 2, * skip next dc. make V st in next dc: repeat from * across to within last 7 dc,---3 V-sts left-- skip next dc, hdc in next dc; do not work over remaining sts.
You will have 43 V-sts. Turn. Note that the V-sts are made in the 2nd dc of the previous V-st and not in the ch-1 space.

Row 3: Work 7 sl sts across by slip stitching in each hdc, dc and ch space to the first dc of the 3rd V- st, ch 2, * skip next dc. make V st in next dc: repeat from * across to within last 7 dc,---3 V-sts left-- skip next dc, hdc in next dc; do not work over remaining sts. You will have
37 V sts. Turn. Note that the V-sts are made in the 2nd dc of the previous V-st and not in the ch-1 space. Turn.

Now work in rnds as follows:

Rnd 1: Work 22 sl sts across work by slip stitching in the hdc and in each dc and ch-1 sp of the next 7 V-sts, ch 4, dc in same st, ---counts as the first V-st,* skip next dc, make V st in next dc; repeat from * across to within last 13 dc; do not work over remaining sts. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch-4 at beg of this rnd. You will have 24 V sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 4, dc in same ch st as joining, * skip next dc, V st in next dc; repeat from * around. Join to 3rd ch of ch-4. You will have 24 V sts. Note: The V-sts will be worked in the first dc of the next V-st.

Rnds 3-5: Repeat Rnd 2

Rnd 6: Ch 3, * (skip next dc, V st in next dc) twice; skip next dc, dc in next dc-dec made; repeat from * around, ending with (skip next dc, V st in next dc) twice. Join to top of ch-3 . You will have 16 V sts and 8 dc, counting beginning ch-3 as one dc. Make sure you have 2 V-sts, with one dc next to them all around.

Rnd 7: Sl st in next dc, ch 4, dc in same dc as last sl st, * skip next dc, V st in next dc. skip 2 dc, V st in next dc; repeat from * around, ending with skip next dc, V st in next dc. Join to 3rd ch of ch-4. You will have 16 V sts. ( you are skipping the single dcs and working a V-st in the first dc of the next V-st).

Rnd 8: Ch 3, * skip next dc, V st in next dc, skip next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * around, ending last repeat with skip last dc. Join to 3rd ch of ch-4. You will have 8 V sts and 8 dc.

Rnd 9: Ch 3, * dc in ch-1 sp of next V st, skip next dc of same V st, dc in next dc; repeat from * around, ending with dc in last ch-1 sp. Join to top of ch-3, 16 dc, counting ch-3 as one dc. Note: You will be working a dc in the single dc and a dc in the ch-1 sp of the V-st.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, * skip next dc. sc in next dc; repeat from * around, ending with skip last dc. Join to first sc. You will have 8 sc.

Rnd 11: Working in back loops only, sc in every other sc. You will have 4 sc Fasten off.

Edging: With right side facing and top of hat toward you, attach yarn to joining of first rnd, sc in same place where yarn was attached, ch 3, sc in 3th ch from hook -picot made, working evenly around hat, work ( 3 sc, picot) all around. Join to first sc. Fasten off.

Try on hat and tie side pieces to suit your style or let then hang free.

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