Knit your own Bella's Beads Cloche Hat using these clearly-written instructions by knitwear designers Jackie E-S and Laura Andersson for HeartStrings FiberArts.
Bella's Beads Cloche is is a flapper style hat, inspired by the movie “Agatha” with Vanessa Redgrave. Women in the 20's and 30's wore these lovely cloche hats. Laura envisioned one with a beaded band ... which started us on the way to creating this hat design. A second inspiration was a biography of Bella Abzug, a politican who did a lot for women's issues. Bella was famous for always wearing a hat; hence Bella's Beads.
The design has a beaded roll brim followed by plain knitting, then a beaded band emphasized in purl stitches. Two versions for the crown are given - one with beaded purl circles (left), and the other with beaded garter spokes (right).
For the beaded areas, you will be manipulating two strands of yarn, one with and one without beads. This is a simple way to introduce the beads as needed into the knitting.
Preview sample cover page
The Comfort Collection provides stylish comfort to those suffering cancer, as well as be fashionable for anyone. A design collaboration of Jackie E-S and Laura Andersson. Because of deeply felt personal losses when cancer struck members in both our families - - I lost my beloved husband Johnny, and for Laura it was the loss of her dear father.
Adult small, medium and large - finished circumference 19¾[21, 22½]” to fit head approximately 21[22, 23]” Heavy worsted weight or UK 12-ply yarn - 105[115,125] yards. 4½ stitchess/inch over stockinette on larger needles. Suggested needle sizes US 6 and 8, 40g size 8/0 seed beads. Supplemental thread for carrying the beads: 35[40,45] yards. Written stitch instructions.
Models in main picture:
- Beaded Purl Circles version in Heirloom Aristocrat 12 mohair/merino - color #334 azure blue, 10/2 tencel thread in indigo color , and Miyuki beads in a color mix of pearls, crystals, blues and purples.
- Beaded Garter Spokes version in Heirloom Aristrocrat 12 mohair/merino - color #304 White, 10/2 tencel thread in natural, and Miyuki beads in a color mix of pearls, crystals, grays and blacks.