Thursday, December 9th, 2010

More Ways To Upcycle A Sweater

In the comments to this post Lauren asked me if I bought the hat that Avery is wearing in the picture.  I didn’t buy it, I knitted it last year for Chase.  But that got me thinking about how to make a similar hat without having to know how to knit.  Turns out, it can be done.  And in a fraction of the time.  A tiny, little fraction.  I don’t know if I’ll ever knit again.  (But if you want to try it you can find it here.)

Poor Avery.  She was my hat model today.  By dinnertime she wouldn’t smile for the camera anymore.  She would only smile when she was pulling the hat off her head but I was undeterred.

So it’s super easy to make this style of hat from a felted sweater.  I used the original hat as a pattern, cut out two squares, stitched them right sides together and turned it right side out.

The tricky part was figuring out the tassels.  First, I made them out of yarn.  The closest match in my stash wasn’t that close.  It looked like this:

I thought it wasn’t quite right so I added a felt flower and it looked like this:

I decided it was getting worse and not better so I started over with the tassels using more pieces of sweater and then it looked like this:

I thought that I still wasn’t in love with the flower but looking at the pictures now I’m not so sure.  Maybe I should have left it on.  Anyway, the hat has a new home.  I made it with sweater bits that I had on hand and I have no idea what color jacket the little lady wears but hopefully she’ll get some use out of it.  She looked super cute and I’m glad that I got to see her try it on!

As it stands, I’ve made slippers and a hat from this sweater and there’s still plenty left.  I just have to wait for inspiration to strike.  And no, I never did get around to dressing my baby today.  That happens to you, right?

Related Posts: