Saturday, 17 August 2013

Winter Woolies



$1 to $10 depending on the price of your jersey

OK, we know that winter is almost over but this tutorial has been coming for a while.
However, we feel that the weather is always going to be sneaky and we will bet our socks that there is an unseasonable cold snap just around the corner. If not, perhaps we can just consider this post as an early winter gift to all our readers in the Northern Hemisphere!
These amazing beanies were so easy to make, we couldn't believe how quickly we managed to whip them up.


Needle and thread


One thrifted jersey


Begin by measuring the circumference of your head.
You will need to take a few centimetres off this measurement  to make sure that the beanie fits snugly and won't fall off.
The amount you take off will depend on the amount of stretch in your knit. If it is really stretchy, take 5cm off the total, if not, only take off 2cm.
Cut up one side of your jersey to the armpit and then cut your circumference length in a straight line across the middle of your jersey. 

You should now have a big rectangle of jersey with the neat hem of the jersey along the bottom. 

Fold this rectangle in half.

In the middle of your folded rectangle, snip into the fabric at the top end. This end is the bit that doesn't have the jersey hem. This snip should be about six centimetres deep and will create a slouchy fit. It can be longer is you want a beanie that has more of a snug fit; the longer that this cut is, the shorter your beanie is going to be.
Don't worry if this doesn't make sense yet, keep reading and all will fall into place!

Use this cut to make a V shape. From two centimetres on either side of the cut, cut on an angle to the bottom of the original cut. This should create an even V shape in the middle of your jersey rectangle. 

Next, the rounded shape of the beanie will begin to form. From the top of one side of the V cut a rounded shape, like the one seen in the photo below.

Then fold your beanie in half again and following the round shape you have just cut, cut the same shape on the other side of the V. 

You should now have the pattern for your beanie and you are ready to sew. 

Then, pin the top rounded seam together. 

Sew along the seam, sewing to the top of the arc. We decided to hand stitch our hats because we weren't sure how well the machine would pick up the stitches on the knits that we used. 

Next, pin and sew the two V shaped seams.

The final seam that you should sew is the longest one, going along the length of your beanie. 

Turn your beanie inside out and you're finished! 

Happy winter!

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