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Archive for September 20th, 2011


4 Easy Hats for Kids & How to Make Them Your Own

September 20th, 2011

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Stylish hats are excellent, thoughtful gifts for kids of all ages. These 4 projects to knit and crochet are clever and fashionable hats for kids worthy of any children’s boutique; only these are easy to make yourself. Try the hints below to make each hat special for each child in your life.

The ‘Totally Tubular’ Child’s Hat is a great project for knitters who love fast finish projects and  the garter stitch. The hat is worked flat in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, sewn into a tube and gathered at the top of the head with a bow. 

Hint to Make it Your Own:
The bow is a great project to get the child you’re knitting for involved in the design. Make the cord together as you teach them to cast on, or encourage them to make a cord with a knitting spool or crochet.

The Cool Kids Hat can be made in any super-bulky yarn, from Hometown USA to Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool, and will look great in neutral, bold or pastel shades. 

Hint to Make it Your Own:
Pom-poms and tassels are excellent details, and who says you can only have one? Add a tassel or pom-pom to each point at the top of this hat, or make even more and add them in clusters.

For a hat with special attention to ears, the Mini Trick Hat is the perfect pattern. There are larger versions of this pattern made to fit older children (click here to see them all), and a wide variety of colorwork designs to suite any taste.
 

Hint to Make it Your Own:
This hat is a great project to experiment with color combinations. Take the child you are crafting for along with you to the yarn store or pick out colors together online. You can be sure the child will love the colors, and you’ll have introduced them to the wonderful world of yarncraft.

For crocheters who can’t get enough color and love a fast-finish project, the Speed Hook Earflap Hat is the one for you. Crocheted on a speed hook with 4 strands of yarn held together, this is one of the quickest hats to make and can be made in sizes for the whole family. 

Hint to Make it Your Own:
This speedy colorful hat and scarf set is a great opportunity to make matching gift sets. Try mixing different color combinations for each family member with one color in common, and you’ll have a matching family set that is still unique for each individual.

Have you made hats for children before? Share your favorite hat stories with us in a comment below.