Knit Knot Hat
Oh…sewing knits. It’s…frustrating. To say the least. I’ve read all these blogs about how if you are careful not to stretch the fabric, it’s easy! Well, I didn’t think it was that easy. But – I managed to finish at least one tiny little adorable baby hat.
I started with some grey and white striped knit fabric that I found. I bought this a while ago, not really knowing how I’d end up using it. I just thought it was a sweet fabric…and very soft.
I found this tutorial on Prudent Baby, and decided to give it a try. And let me say this – I decided to try it without following hardly any of the prudent advice they gave. So, I’m sure this would have been much easier and turned out much better had I done that.
Things started out easy enough…I printed and cut the pattern out for the hat with two knots. Then, I doubled up the fabric and put the right side of both pieces facing in. I then traced the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric and cut out two pieces.
I keep the wrong sides facing out and stitched around the sides and top of the hat – basically everything except the head hole. I used the zig zag stitch on my machine…but this was where things got messy. The instructions said to use a walking foot on my machine (which I don’t have) and a ball point needle (which I hadn’t bought yet). They also said to make sure the fabric didn’t stretch. I tried…I really tried.
I did end up getting the whole hat stitched around the edges…but I had to go really slow or the stitches started sticking or the needle came unthreaded.
Then, I tried to fold the bottom edge of the hat up underneath and do the larger zig zag stitch they recommended. And it just wasn’t happening. I probably had to pull it out and start over about 4 times before I gave up. So – I ended up just hand stitching it. I still think it looks pretty cute…and it definitely looks handmade now!
I also added a little M – which looks very similar to the McDonalds M…but actually stands for my friend’s last name. But she also loves McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches…so it works. :)