What is a cloche?
According to Wikipedia: "The cloche hat or simply cloche is a fitted, bell-shaped hat for women that was invented in 1908 by milliner Caroline Reboux. They were especially popular from about 1922 to 1933.Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for "bell".

Interestingly it was designed to be worn low on the forehead, with the wearer's eyes only slightly below the brim.
Looking at historical references, it seems to come into vogue every 20 years or so ... and right now it appears to be having a re-resurgence.

Our Lucky Cloche version is knit on the single bed and features knitting options for making this your own.
Don't forget!
You can knit this pattern (and any Knit it Now pattern) in any stitch pattern. Although this was designed in stockinette, it would be beautiful in tuck or knit with the garter carriage.

English or Fisherman rib on the double bed would also be beautiful!

Get creative ... make it your own!

SYSK (stuff you should know)
Shape the Brim with Short Rows

The brim is knit along with the hat ... no extra seams! Watch as we use short row increases to create this shape:

Knitting Options

In 2 places, the pattern instructs you to RTR (remove, turn and rehang).
Although there are other methods (see "Garter Stitch - RTR" below), this is most easily done with a garter bar.

If you don't have a garter bar, here are some options:
  1. The cast on edge is knit with a few rows of garter stitch.
    Option: Use a Double E-wrap cast on. This will give a bit of bulk and stability to the lower edge of the hat without the garter rows
  2. The stripe is knit in reverse stockinette
    • Don't reverse and knit the stripe in stockinette. Knitting in contrasting color will maintain the style of the hat
    • Use a hand manipulated "linen stitch" for texture. This will add some texture without changing the gauge of the stripe too much

Garter Stitch - RTR

Using the Garter Bar

Linen Stitch on the Knitting Machine

Double E-wrap 3 techniques


Pinwheel Top

The swirl top on this hat is SO worth the effort!
Sure, you need to do a lot of transfers, but it's only for a couple of inches ... you can do this!

Short on time? Replace the swirl section with a fast 'n easy top:
  1. In the pattern at the point of the shaping of the top section, transfer every other needle to it's neighbor
  2. Put the emptied needles out of work
  3. Knit for about 3/4 of the rows instructed for the top shaping
  4. Break the yarn
  5. Using a darning needle or a double-eye needle run the tail through the live stitches
  6. Gather the top and finish the hat as instructed

Lucky Cloche Pattern

Lucky Cloche
This is a shaped crown hat with traditional spiral decreases at the crown. The decreases can be done with a garter bar, or you can manually transfer the stitches. The shaping is completed over 2-3", so it's not that much hand manipulation and the result is worth it!

Lucky Cloche

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Cloche Inspiration

This close fitting hat is so flattering and easy to knit.