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This timeless, carefree hat is crocheted in a simple design without a bundle of flash plastered on the side. No big bows, girly flowers, or ribbons. Just a few buttons finish a simple design.

It’s a cloche with a tiny flare at the bottom. Just enough of a flare to still call it a cloche. Anything less and you’d have to call it a beanie. The crown is a solid charcoal wool and as the hat swoops down toward the tiny flip of a brim charcoal and black wool alternate in a spiral stripe that ends in a black edge. A vertical row of simple buttons decorates one side.

With this low profile cloche you could picture yourself in the late 1920s, a time when in fashion and actions women had been making statements all decade about their independence and worth.

As the decade of the twenties wound to a close, "talkies" were replacing silent films and Ms. Gish’s acting career was slowing down. By 1929, the cloche hat had evolved so that it only had the tiniest of brims—similar to what you see on this hat. Ms. Gish did not appear on screen during that year. I’d like to think that while she was not working she might have crocheted a hat like this for herself or a friend.

The hat measures nine inches from the top center of the crown down to the edge of the brim. It’s a one-size-fits-most style shown in the photo on a head model with an average-sized head circumference of 22 inches and it can easily stretch an inch larger. If your head is a little smaller than average, it will fit you like a deeper cloche, and you can just flip up the brim a little so you can see to drive or walk. No matter what, this cloche is warm, and you might want to make it your go-to hat for the season.

Ms. Gish Crochet Cloche in Charcoal and Black - Item 1168

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