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« on: June 10, 2010 11:31:18 AM »

I made these super cute hats for me and and my boys to wear on cool nights around the campfire and breezy days at the beach.

I used Araucania wool yarn: http://www.araucaniayarns.com/
And block printed Sea Shore themed stuff onto cotton fabric then appliqued them onto the hats.

Here are instructions for the Adult hat:

Supplies Needed:
* Worsted Weight Wool Yarn (the amount needed really depends on how many hats you're going to make. I used 1 1/2 skeins for all three hats)
* Size 9 Circular Knitting Needles (16")
* Size 9 Double Pointed Needles
* Stitch Marker
* Tapestry Needle
* Heat Bond
* Embroidery Thread
* Appliques (anything fun you'd like to add to your hat. Use printed fabric and cut out a great image or two.)

Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1"

Cast on 84 sts. Join to first stitch, being careful not to twist your work
Knit 4, Purl 4 around, being sure to keep your Knits above the Knits and Purls above the Purls. This is making a wide rib. Continue the rib stitching until the piece measures 1"
Switch to Knit stitch, continue around until the piece measures 7"
Place a Stitch Marker on the knitting needle
Begin Decrease:
Knit 10, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 9, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 8, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 7, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 6, Knit 2 together 7 times
(Switch to Double Pointed Needles when necessary)
Knit 5, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 4, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 3, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 1, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2 together 7 times

Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches using a crochet hook or tapestry needle

Follow the directions supplied with your Heat Bond and iron it to the back of your chosen Appliques.
Once your Appliques are ready to be put onto your hat, experiment with positioning before adhering them to your hat.
Be sure to stretch the hat a bit before you add the applique since the hat will stretch when you wear it and the portion where the applique is adhered to wont. You can use a cut out piece of cardboard placed inside of the hat to hold it stretched out a bit while you iron on the appliques, or you can place the hat around the tapered side of your ironing board (this is the method I used)
Once your appliques are adhered and cooled use a simple stitch around each one. This give it a more finished look, gives you more room to add color and creativity and without the stitching the appliques may start to peal up after a while.

Make sure everything is tied off, secured and woven in, and you're done!

I would love to hear comments and questions about the hats :-)
« Last Edit: July 06, 2010 11:48:35 AM by jungrrl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2010 11:53:43 AM »

How cute! And are that matching shirts?!  Cheesy

`No one should do for me that which I can reasonably do for myself D.H. Lawrence

« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010 12:08:31 PM »

Yes, those are matching shirts!  I'm a bit obsessed with block printing right now :-)

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2010 06:24:44 PM »

They turned out so fun! Absolutely perfect for the summer time. The applique is such a special touch.

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