Elizabeth Zimmermann »
InstructionsThe hat is first worked in the round. Then part of it is worked flat then seamed together with the shirred panel. Instructions for several different accessories will allow you to personalize and change the the look of your hat.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Cute, Geeky, Preppy, Rock / Punk, Classic, Military, Retro / Vintage, Holiday, Whimsical, Hipster, Mod, Casual, Traditional, Funky, Romantic, Outdoorsy, Eco-Friendly, Victorian / Steampunk, Ethnic
This one was worked in size Medium using Sweet Georgia Sock (100% Superwash Merino, 1.76oz/50g, 185yds/169m), 3 skeins, color: Orchid
What was your inspiration?
Elizabeth Zimmermann (August 9, 1910November 30, 1999), affectionally called EZ by knitters, is practically a goddess among knitters and could easily be dubbed the "Mother of Modern Knitting." She was a British-born knitter known for revolutionizing the modern practice of knitting through her books and instructional series on American public television.
In designing this hat for my Liberation collection, I very much wanted to honor the great EZ. Red-faced and shaking, I approached Meg Swansen, master knitter, publisher and EZs daughter, regarding my idea. To my utter delight, she seemed tickled by the idea and chose this cloche to be her mothers namesake.
This cloche is an apt namesake for the great EZ its easy, casual style and innovative construction is reminiscent of everything Zimmermann loved about knitting.
What are you most proud of?
I love the ruching. This hat is part of a collection called "Liberation." The tying element to the theme are the influential women who inspired the hats and the ruched elements.
For more information about the collection, please see http://craftydiversions.com/patterns/liberation.htm
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The ruching is achieved with finishing. No worries-- the instructions tell you how!