Twisted Slouch Hat Pattern
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- ½ yard of stretch fabric of your choice (i recommend a light weight drape stretch) - coordinating thread - sewing machine - suitable needle for sewing machine for sewing with stretch - hand sewing needle - scissors - fabric marker - pins
*All seam allowances are 1/2" unless otherwise stated.
1. Download & print out hat pattern with no automatic sizing/no scaling selected.
2. Fold fabric in half with main stretch going left to right right sides acing out. Then fold in half again from left to right.
3. Place hat pattern piece on top of fabric with top of hat on first fold of fabric and side of hat on 2nd fold of fabric. The pattern piece is the size of half of the hat so after you are done cutting when you open up your fold it will be full size and you will be left with an actual fold still at the top of your hat.
4. Weight down pattern piece and cut hat out taking care not to pull or stretch out your fabric.
5. Measure in 1.5” from the outer edge of your hat. Taking your fabric marker and using the existing hat as a guideline draw out another hat but this time 1.5” in from the outer edge *taking care to stop ¼” from the top of the hat on either side of the hat. Please note I have a smaller sized head and if you are concerned you may have a larger sized head circumference please pin the sides up on the hat as if you were cutting and try hat on to check the sizing. If you need more room cut the into the sides at a smaller amount..for ex. 1" instead of 1 1/2". *See illustrations above.
7. Repeat step 6 but on the opposite side again taking care to make sure your strand is flat and out of the way of your stitching.
8. Turn hat right side out and try on. Fold the bottom of the hat under approximately 2 inches or desired size (make sure to leave your strands out of the brim). Using a pin or fabric marker mark where you would like your brim to end if you need to make any changes to fit the size of your head and desired amount of slouch for your hat.
9. Turn hat inside out again (right sides facing) and pim your soon to be brim down properly. Stitch down using a straight stitch set for sewing knits on your machine. I found this looks the best but not all machines will be able to do this. Since you aren't top stitching (you could if you would like to though) make sure your bobbin color is the color you want showing on the right side of your hat :) Mine works fine if I stretch the fabric out as I go while stitching on a good tension for sewing with knits but it’s totally up to you the style you would like for your hat. If a zig zag or a different seam work best for knits on your machine and it's the look you are going for than go try it out.
10. Turn hat right side out again. We're going to cut into those funky strands now. Simply cut the strand in half all the way up until almost the top. Once you are done cutting them you can simply twist them in your preferable style. I wanted to replicate a cable that you would knit on a hat so I did a simple layered twist alternating which strand was on top and kept it loose and wide. Once you are done twisting, pin the strand down over your side seams of your hat. Bye, bye ugly seam - hello fun cable!
12. Put that hat on and go rock it all year round! The breathable light weight stretch will be stylish for the warmer weather without overheating your head but still warm enough to wear in the winter as well. Say good by to those bad hair days!
happy hat making ladies! have fun and i cannot wait to see you all sporting your twisted slouch hats! so awesome! make sure you add your project pics to our flickr group so we can all see your lovely work! i've got at least 2 more of these in the works in some other colors. can't wait to add them to my wardrobe :)
a big thank you to rae for having me on the blog - luv ya hun! make sure you all check out the rest of "the kniterview series and the knits stretch yourself" on made by rae for lots of tips, tricks, how to's, tutorials and interviews! it's awesome! so get trying sewing with knits! i promise it's fun & very addiciting!