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« on: March 27, 2007 03:24:56 PM »

I want to knit a trucker hat, and don't know what to use for the visor support. Any suggestions? I was thinking either cardboard from cereal boxes or posterboard. Thank you for any posts! Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007 06:49:45 PM »

Plastic like from milk jugs?
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2007 09:45:13 PM »

Places like Michael's and Hobby Lobby carry the pre-made visor thingys.

They're usually in the section where the plain t-shirts and fabric paint are. And they only cost aroun $1.20

But if you want an alternative, I too would go with the plastic from milk gallons.

Cardboard and posterboard would both lose their shape and tear after a while.

Also, no matter how thick the fabric you use is, rain and sweat will find their way into your hat and make the cardboard rot.

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007 05:39:11 AM »

I have also used plastic needlepoint canvas as support for hat brims.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007 09:16:03 AM »

I make tons of knitted newsboy caps, and I have used a variety of materials for brims.  Cardboard certainly does rot.  I haven't gotten the shape I was looking for from milk jug or plastic mesh (too flat) so I have taken to making my own brims out of wire.  I twist two strands of wire together and form a brim outline, then weave in other strands of wire in the center.  This has the best shape and flexibility I have found.  You might what to wrap the wire in tape or fabric afterwards so nothing pokes through.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007 05:24:04 PM »

Thank you all for your great ideas!

How well does needlepoint canvas work? I don't think I'd want to buy it, since I've used quite a bit of money on crafting supplies, so the milk jug idea would be more economically friendly.  Tongue

For the ones that used milk jugs, which part should I use, and how well does it work? I would think you could use a lighter and melt the jug into a suitable shape to fit your needs?  Huh

The wire idea sounds good, too, since it's bendable, but can't it rust after being exposed to water? I don't want to get stabbed by any loose wire and get tetris. Embarrassed
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2007 05:55:15 PM »

I haven't yet had the rust problem, and the poking got annoying on the first one, so I wrapped the next one in tape (masking, it worked okay) and then one after that I put it in fabric case using scraps that I had around.
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