Today's tutorial comes in two parts. First I'll show you how to make a simple felted wool cap to match last week's mittens, then I'll show you how to kick it up a notch and recreate an Anthro look for a fraction of the price.
(My hat pattern is adapted from Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule.)
Step One: Create your pattern.
I took a similar style cap that fit me well and used it as a guide to make my pattern. For those of you guestimating along at home, here are the dimensions for my head and pattern.
Pattern: 10" (base) x 8.5" (middle height)
Note: I used a wool sweater with ribbing - this kind of pattern has more stretch to it (even after felting) than a typical knit. If you're using a less stretchy woolen fabric, adjust accordingly. If in doubt, make a practice hat!
Pin your pattern to the front of your sweater.
(Line up your pattern along the bottom edge if the sweater's bottom edge suits your taste - otherwise pin where you want. Felted wool won't fray!)
Cut out your pattern.
Repeat on the back side of the sweater.
Fold each piece in half (right sides together) and pin about 1/3 of the length from the top.
From about one inch from the fold (at top), mark a second line that forms an angle to your first pin.
Do this on both pieces.
Stitch along that line on both pieces.
With right sides together, line up the seams and pin.
Tip: fold the little flaps in oppositie directions before you stitch.
Continue pinning and sew around the rounded edge.
And this is where I should have taken a finished picture of the first step. If you just want to create a simple beanie style cap, stop here. You've made a cute, warm hat, ready to be thrown on and worn.
Buuuuut if you want to go crazy and bedazzle your hat, then break out the sequins and start stitching!
I was inspired by this hat from Anthropologie. Beautiful, right?
But not for $138. Sequins are cheap. I mean, they're bits of plastic. Now their hat uses cool flat, matte sequins that I was unable to find at my craft store, but I don't think the effect was ruined. (Let me know if you find a store that sells them though!) I used three colors: silver, green, and turquoise.
I may start calling this my peacock hat.
No fancy stitching required, no crazy thread colors. I used a contrasting thread (black, because I ran out of navy!) for the whole thing. I started by making the large patches of sequins, and then filled in with smaller groupings and solitary ones.
|lovely self portrait after hubby gave up trying to please me|
I only sequined the front half and I'm debating whether or not to finish going around. Thoughts?