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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Introducing Timba

Free pattern download [PDF]

Timba is a design that was inspired by a woman who was passionate about the fiber arts. She often brought crochet projects to our local knit/crochet circle and was genuinely interested in and supportive of all who attended.

She recently lost her battle with breast cancer and her stash yarn is being used to make scarves, hats, and booties for a local organization that provides support to people touched by breast cancer.

Timba is a hat that I think she would like and was made possible through her stash yarn. The organization will be receiving a number of these hats to distribute.

Timba is worked from the bottom up and has a half double crochet brim that gently slopes to the body of the hat.


Finished measurements
Hat circumference (excluding brim):
20 inches relaxed

1 skein Plymouth Yarns, Encore Colorspun Worsted (75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; 100 gm / 200 yd), Color 7139
1 crochet hook 5.5mm/I
Tapestry needle

Free pattern download [PDF]

Warning: This hat pattern may be habit forming.

Okay, maybe it's just me and maybe it's because I'm avoiding the other projects I have in progress but I'm working on my 5th Timba.

Or maybe it's because Timba is so quick to make. The other weekend, we went to SF to see Shakespeare in the Park. I started a Timba in the car on the drive up. By the time the cast was taking their final bows, the hat was finished and on my head. I estimate that it took less than 5 hours of actual crocheting time. It's not quite instant gratification, but in the world of knitting and crocheting, it's pretty close.

I'm fond of this cloche shape. I think it's flattering and surprise surprise, it's a hat that I enjoy wearing! You see, I'm not really a hat person because I don't think I look good in hats... but now that I've discovered this style, you may see me in a cloche now and then.

I can't end this blog post without mentioning Karen, without whom this pattern would not exist. We lost Karen to breast cancer this year. Her stash yarn is being used to make hats, scarfs, and booties for the Breast Cancer Connection in Palo Alto. Karen was an avid crocheter and it's fitting to have the first Timba go to the Breast Cancer Connection in her memory.

Last but not least, thanks to Abigail, Christina, Emy, Laura, and Tina who tested the pattern and made it better through their feedback and suggestions.

Okay, enough talk. I need to get back to #5.

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  • I love it. What a wonderful pattern and tribute for Karen.

    By Blogger Juls, at 9/14/2011 12:19 PM  

  • I'm only on #2. I got distracted by a Giants scarf that a good friend requested.

    Thank you for the pattern! It's really lovely. I expect to make a couple more too. :)

    By Blogger Abigail, at 9/14/2011 3:02 PM  

  • <3.

    By Blogger Kristi, at 9/14/2011 3:37 PM  

  • I think I'll make my second Timba out of the rest of Karen's yarn that I have. I know that Karen would so love what we're doing with her yarn.

    By Blogger Teenuh, at 9/14/2011 4:27 PM  

  • Sorry to hear about your friend. Good to hear that you are using her stash yarn for a good cause.

    Beautiful hat, love the colour too. I'm definetly going to make one of these. Thank you so much for sharing.

    By Anonymous Anisha, at 9/17/2011 7:10 AM  

  • The hat is gorgeous & you look great in it. I don't look good in hats but I may attempt this. Thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger Ann, at 9/18/2011 5:36 PM  

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