Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Flower Hats

By-Jenny2

I've been wracking my brain to post something "Easter-y" and am so uninspired. Once again, I haven't crafted anything for this holiday. I'm not sure what it is about the cute bunnies and eggs and chocolate that just doesn't strike my creativity. I am counting on your felted egg to bring our crafty conversation some Easter mojo, can't wait to see the results of your experiments!

Instead of something "Easter-y", I'll show you a little "Spring-y" project I've been working on: flowery hats for my 2 nieces. Violet is just 6 months and for Christmas, I sent her this little hat. It's a simple rolled brim knitted hat (see instructions at bottom of post), which I embellished with a fabric flower and pretty button.

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Jenny: Flower Hat

I asked Violet's big sister Emma, who is 5, if she wanted one too and she did. I took more pics of the flower assembly this time so I could show you how I made the flower embellishment. I made the same rolled brim hat, in a different pink and cast on with more stitches obviously.

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I picked my fabrics and buttons, then ironed some fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric. You don't need much for this, maybe a 5 x 5 inch square of each at most.

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I then cut some flowers out of the fabric. I used the print in the yellow/pink fabric to determine the shape, then cut the other layers slightly bigger than the first one. (For the first hat, I had drawn a simple flower in marker on the interfacing.)

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I placed the flower layers on the hat then stitched the button and fabric onto the hat with some embroidery floss. I used a tiny 1 x 1 inch patch of flannel on the inside of the hat to secure the stitching. I figured this would simplify the removal of the flower if needed.

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Here's the finished hat. Yes, that's Ben modeling it... I wanted to show how the fabric layers kind of pop open on the flower once the hat is worn and the yarn is a bit stretched (you can kind of see it too on Violet's photo above). If my sister sends me a pic of Emma wearing it, I'll forever delete that photo of Ben so it doesn't appear in front of his prom date or at his wedding some day...

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Jenny: Flower Hat

This is such a quicky project. The hat only takes a couple of evenings to knit, especially the baby size. The flower is done in about 20 minutes. I do admit that the flower embellishment is not quite as polished and durable as I wish it were. I am thinking next time I make this, I will cut the fabric for each flower as a double layer and will top stitch around the edges. This will make each flower layer double-sided, and will add durability and prevent fraying on the flower edges. Overall though, I think the result is pretty cute for how quick and easy the project is.

Here's my little pattern for knitting the hat. I made it up from mashing together several patterns I found online, according to the weight yarn I wanted to use, and the size I wanted to end up with.

Simple Rolled Brim Hat
Worsted weight yarn
Size 7 needles

Newborn-6 months (3-6 years old): Cast on 72 (99) stitches, work in the round until hat measures 4.5 (7) inches with brim still rolled. Start decreasing with double-pointed needles: knit 6 (7), knit 2 together, knit 6 (7), knit 2 together and so on till end of row; next row, knit 5 (6), knit 2 together, knit 5 (6), knit 2 together, and so on till end of row; continue decreasing like this until you're down to knit 2 together, knit 2 together, etc, with no "regular" stitches in between. You should end up with 9 (11) stitches on the needles. Using a tapestry needle, thread the yarn end through the remaining stitches and tie securely.

KnitPicks offers a great free pattern for this hat in adult size here.

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh that is so adorable! My rational side is in a constant argument with my emotional side over not having a girl. Rational: We are a lot better off financially not having a girl where I would be unable to control the purse strings when it came to clothing. Emotional: Wah! I want a girl to dress and make things for! It's posts like this that pull out that emotional side.

    BTW, Liberty of London for Target has cute flower hats for adults and the dresses! for little girls. I almost bought one just because it was so cute.

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  2. (dropping a nickel in Ben's psychotherapy fund) Cute hats though!

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  3. Becky, so sorry to make you all emotional with my girly posts, he he. Thanks for the kind comment, as always.

    And Steve, I feel like I'm hearing my mom. "You're going to post THAT?!" He was getting to watch cartoons so I could photograph his head, so he wasn't complaining (except when I blocked the view of the television). Plus, he dresses up as a pirate and a cheetah every other day, is putting on a girly hat SO bad?... :D

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  4. I told Jenny he will hate her for it, as soon as his friends find the picture on line, whether he is 5 or 15 at the time... Well, she posted it anyway...

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