As a child, my family did not have a lot of money. Most hats in the department stores did not fit me well. I almost always had to buy craft foam to make the brim a little smaller, insert elastic or rip out a seam to make it bigger.
I found a way to make my own hats, which I do to this day. I’d like to share a few with you. Some are fun; I still see these hats around.
There are a plethora of patterns available online and in books for crocheted hats. The simplest is to crochet a simple chain and create a loop. Work as for a flat doily, increasing the number of stitches every round until you have a disc that will become the top of the hat. You can use any stitch you desire.
Crochet around the disc without increasing any more stitches. This will create a bowl effect. This will become the side of your hat.
When your hat is large enough, begin to crochet around the bowl and increase the number of stitches to have a flat shape again. This is your hat brim. You can insert foam, stays or other devices to keep the hat’s shape. If you are using cotton yarn, you can purchase commercial stiffener to keep your hat’s shape.
Lace hats are popular again; this will give you the chance to create samplers with the stitches you know.
Knitting a hat is similar to the crochet method. You can use circular or double-pointed needles to create your favorite topper. If you are working with regular needles, you can create shapes such as triangles, rectangles and more. Sew these together to make your hat.
Denim hats were popular in the 70’s and 80’s. I used old blue jeans for free fabric. I measured the subject’s head and created a disc with that circumference. A strip from the leg became the hat’s sides. I often pieced together pieces of legs to create the brim.
Sewing several layers of denim together makes a nice, tight brim that will keep its shape. I would get creative and use the waistband and belt loops around the bottom of the hat sides. There are all kinds of things you can do with denim and sewn hats.
Soda And Beer Cans
These type of hats were highly popular in the 70’s. Carefully cut out the sides of the cans so that you can display the advertisement. Punch holes around the side of the pieces. Keep in mind that cans are sharp; use safety procedures and precautions.
Crochet the disc for your hat’s top and crochet around the aluminum can pieces. Join the pieces together with crochet stitches. Create pieces for the brim and attach them together with crochet stitches.
You can create a style that is uniquely you by making your own hats. They will always fit and match your outfits perfectly.
Create team hats to cheer on your favorite sports team or hero, or to show your solidarity at work for your office.
You can embellish your hats with anything you desire. Add chin straps if you wish.
Source: The author has over 40 years of experience in designing clothing and crafts.