When I think of white hats, I can’t help but think of Scandal. So, when a friend of mine wanted me to make her a white felted hat, I started calling her Olivia Pope!
I didn’t want to get into the hat-making business, but given that my Vendor Fair was a bust, when I got an order for a felted hat, I said yes.
I made this hat with different yarn a few months ago. The hat ended up being too short. Every time the wind blew, I had to hold onto my hat or it would fly off. I ended up using a little thicker yarn this time (Paton’s Classic Wool). I also modified the pattern to make the hat a little taller and the crown a little shorter. The end result is that I think I found the right mix. Here’s a picture of the hat before I felted it.
There’s a company called Hat Shapers (www.hatshapers.com) that makes hat forms for felters. I’ve thought about buying one of their hat shapers, but ended up using a small mixing bowl that’s just the right size. Only thing is that it makes the hat round and not oval. If I keep making hats, I may just have to buy one of the hat shapers. Have any of you used one of their hat forms before?
I posted a picture of the hat outside drying on Facebook and my friend loved it. I can’t wait to see if it fits when I bring it to her later this week.
I hope you’re having a great day! Happy knitting!