Ruth Cloche

Design by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.

Ruth Cloche by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
Ruth Cloche by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

The inspiration behind this pattern is Ruth Elder, a pioneering aviatrix and actress. Ruth placed fifth in the first Women’s Air Derby in 1929 and was a charter member of the Ninety-Nines: International Organization for Women Pilots.

Ruth Elder was a fabulous dresser with a flirty sense of style. This cloche is based on one she wore. The gently textured stitch pattern showcases the hand dyed Dream in Color Classy. This timeless piece is also a great one-skein project.

I’m grateful to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome for the awesome background!


  • Finished Size: 20” (51 cm) circumference
  • Gauge: Through Rnd 9 in pattern = 4” (10 cm) diameter. For best results, always check your gauge.

Skills Used

  • Basic crochet stitches: chain, single crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch
  • Crocheting in the round
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing (invdec with written explanation in pattern and link to tutorial)
  • Crocheting in the back loop only and the front loop only

This pattern was originally published in November, 2014.


  • Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash Merino, 4 oz/113 g, 250 yd/229 m) – 1 skein 180 Visual Purple, or approximately 230 yd (210 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Skill Level: Easy

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