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How to Choose the Perfect Hat Project

September 25th, 2011

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Heart Hat to Knit or CrochetWith all the available patterns for hats, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Do you want a simple beanie or brimmed hat? Or would you prefer a soft tam, elegant cloche or make-a-statement beret? Use these tips and you’re sure to pick an excellent hat that’s perfect for you.

  • Hairstyles matter when it comes to picking the perfect hat. Snug fitting beanies flatter hair that lies close to the head, while berets and tams have a little more space for curly styles. Do you love to wear your hair in a particular way? Pick a hat design that compliments your style, and you’ll love wearing it all season long.
  • Use colors that compliment you. Color is a great way to experiment with hat styles. Outlandish hats can be much more wearable when coordinated in the colors of your wardrobe, and simpler patterns come to life in bright, bold hues.  Many people select a yarn color that brings out the color of their eyes or hair. You could also try matching your hat to a coat or accessory, or selecting a contrasting color for a bold look.
  • Little details make a big difference. Some hats have complex stitch patterns that create detail in the fabric, but simpler patterns don’t have to result in simple hats.  Adding buttons, pom-poms or appliques are great methods for making any hat more your own style. The Hat with Heart Earflaps (pictured above) is a great example of how an applique design turns a simple hat into a treasure.

Keep these tips in mind, and at the end of your project you’ll have created something beautiful that you’ll want to wear again and again. To see all the hat patterns available for free from LionBrand.com, click here.

How have you chosen your favorite hat patterns in the past? Do you have a special tip or trick to share? Leave us a comment to let us know.

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  • Anonymous

    Nice tips for figuring out what hat is going to be right for you – as well as what might be right when making a hat as a gift.

  • Maryann

    Great tips! When I make hats as gifts, I like to make ribbed hats with a cuff–those tend to fit everyone. If the recipient is still in school, I’ll make the hat in the school colors.

    • Margaret

      That’s a great point, Maryann. I’ve always found that the hats with a folded brim/cuff tend to fit because they are very adjustable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5ANIGEJVTU35CKP3GJ4CG6D2MU Duane King

    Hairstyles really do matter, just like it says in the tips.  When I had bangs it was harder to find hats that wouldn’t flatten them too much.  Now that I’ve grown the bangs out finding hats that I want to wear is way too easy! :) 
    I just love that Hat with Heart Earflaps!  It’s adorable!

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  • Ismaelina Silva

    Dear friends,I would like in you have a store or shop in Miami, I am going to next month. I need a knit machine that you show past month, also a TELAR. Can you help me to get this articles? Thanks, bye Ismaelina Silva

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

       Hi Ismaelina, Lion Brand only has our own stores in New Jersey and New York. However, you can try Knitmap.com to find yarn stores in that area or use the Lion Brand store locator to find stores that sell Lion Brand products in Miami; we recommend that you call the stores to find out if they sell knitting machines and weaving looms. Hope that helps!

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