Whale of Whitman, yo.
I actually did all the crocheting for this in one week’s worth of bus rides in July, but I didn’t finish the shield insignia until last week. The crest is drawn onto a small piece of white fabric using fabric markers, then glued onto a piece of white felt that was first sewn onto the hat brim. (I didn’t want to directly sew the fabric onto the hat because it’s such a small piece of fabric that any kind of fraying at the edges would not end well.)
The crest’s proportions are a bit off (it’s a tad too long for its width) and the whale’s eyes are a bit too low (this actually bothers me quite a bit), but I am very happy this idea worked out! Not so happy with the photos; I used a mirror to bounce light off of again, but unfortunately there wasn’t much light to begin with that day (and fiddling with the exposure and color balances washes out the white of the sailor hat). :/
Mini Sailor Hat
Begin by working in rounds:
Rnd 1 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (6)
Rnd 2 Inc around. (12)
Rnds 3-4 Sc around. (12)
Without finishing off, sl st in first st of Rnd 4 and flip direction so that the wrong side now faces out. Switch to working in rows (i.e. at the end of each row, sl st in first st and begin each row with ch 1):
Row 5 2 sc in first sc, sc 5, inc, sc around. (14)
Row 6 Hdc 3, 2 hdc in next sc, hdc 6, 2 hdc in next sc, hdc around. (16)
Flip Rows 5-6 out to form the hat brim.