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« on: December 05, 2010 06:56:15 PM »

I recently made this bomber style hat and quickly found out that it doesn't stand up well to the wind. I am hesitant to felt it, as I have never done that successfully. I tried sewing felt to the inside, but that came out awkward looking. Any ideas to make it warmer?  Thanks!!



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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010 03:10:37 AM »

It'll only felt if you use a natural fibre, like wool.  I haven't done any felting (I'm allergic to wool!) but I know that felting usually makes the item smaller, so you'll want to keep that in mind in your decision.

I think lining it would be your best bet... maybe fleece would work better?  I think just about any fabric would help, though.  I think you really just need something to block the wind.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010 08:37:06 AM »

Fleece may do the trick...I hadn't thought about that. Just had a few sheets felt lying around and hoped for the best.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010 11:05:18 AM »

yeah i was going to say jersey but fleece is actually a way safer bet (it generally blocks the wind better, and stretches less)
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 11:52:32 AM »

You could take two strands of the same or other colored yarn and weave it into the stitches...I love the hat...thanks for the warning, though...I have this hat on my list and will probably make it larger in wool and then felt it...

The colors are lovely!
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010 07:53:24 PM »

Thicker yarn would have been smarter! If I can try to find some fleece, I may end up doing that. My weaving skills are subpar when it comes to hiding things or making them look natural...

Thanks! This is now a super popular hat among my friends and everyone wants one! Lucky for them I'm in a hat making mood haha Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2010 04:54:01 AM »

I find with a lot of crochet stitches (dc included) that the thicker the yarn, the bigger the holes!  Felting can take care of that, though, or a different stitch, like a linked stitch or a Tunisian stitch.

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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010 07:38:13 PM »

Check out this tutorial for making a hat lining: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/06/fully-lining-hats-with-polar-fleece.html
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2010 06:53:45 AM »

That is awesome! Thanks for the link---I have a few hats that could use a lining to shrink them up a bit and keep my head warmer!
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2010 10:49:51 AM »

yes! Thanks for the link! It all makes sense now on how to do it Smiley
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