Tutorial: DIY character hat without a pattern

I occasionally make character hats for friends and family… but I usually don’t use a pattern. I get ideas from pictures on Pinterest, something I’ve seen in the real world or from the person’s interests. Here’s an example of my process with a goomba hat.

Step 1: find your inspiration. For this goomba hat I found a simple google image of a goomba for reference.

Step 2: pick your colors and make your base. For most hats that’s just making a basic double crochet hat in the appropriate size.

Step 3: make all the pieces for your character. For this hat I needed two eyes, an eyebrow, one mouth and two teeth.

Step 4: lay out your pieces and pin for placement if needed.

Step 5: sew down each piece and weave the tails in.

Step 6: for perfectionists (like me) accept that there will be flaws because you’re not perfect, and that no one will know it didn’t turn out exactly the way you wanted it to.

You now have a finished character hat!

Here are a couple of other hats I’ve made in this manner.

Flying Spaghetti Monster

Pig

Pug

Thomas the train

Princess Leia hat

I decided to make a Princess Leia hat for my newborn this week.

Since it’s a pretty simple design, I decided to just wing it.

First I made a basic double crochet hat… but the top was too pointy for my liking, so I made a second hat starting with round 1 as single crochet instead of double. Left hat is started with double, right is started with single and switched to double.

Biggest part of the hat done!

Now most of the hats I’ve seen photos of use braids for the buns… but I wanted something that might stand a chance at surviving being washed, so I made two crochet i-cords.

I made them the length of my arm, which coiled up to the size I wanted. I then left super long tails to sew each into its coil.

Once they were sewn into their bun shape, I tried to get proper placement, but woke up the wiggly newborn. The placement is great… if the hat is turned “backward” so I just decided the back is the front.

Once all three pieces are made and you’ve got your placement, you’re just left with sewing them together, and weaving those ends in.

I also wound up finding a free tutorial for a costume and crochet the dress to go with it. If I made another little dress I think I’d leave the back open and use a lighter weight yarn.

The pattern for that can be found here: Family Bugs Crochet Designs.

And of course, here it is all together! (Roxy wasn’t the most cooperative participant)

Hacked Machine!

I finally hacked my electronic knitting machine!

Yep me, I did it! not the engineer of the household.  I had to watch a bunch of tutorial videos, read guides, mess with circuit boards, install several programs, and flash the board.  All things that for a less than technical person… sound pretty daunting.  Plus, the hacked circuit board doesn’t fit inside the the machine’s housing… which houses the machine’s row counter, and I’m not 100% sure I could deal with not having.  I thought I’d just set the cover over the wires with the circuit board hanging out the back……… and I broke a small piece of the machine, which allows the original housing to sit where it belongs while making the row counter completely functional.  So I guess this break was actually a semi lucky one.

It’s finally working and I’m thrilled about it although, I’ve only done one quickie test.  It looks like the hard part now will be to format images  to knit properly!

Open for business…

Here we have it.  I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve made a website, created a facebook and now…
I’ve finally OPENED an Etsy shop.
For anyone interested in viewing this the shop name is MeowskiMade (suprising right?)  and that shop name is a clickable link.

I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing, but maybe I’ll learn something along the way.