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Warm Up a Winter Hat
It’s easy to add color, texture, personality -- even a pair of teddy-bear ears -- to a basic knit hat. Our four techniques let you embellish either store-bought or handmade hats, and require skills that aren’t much more involved than tying knots or sewing a running stitch. The hats are quick to create and fun to wear, so you can make one for every head in your household.
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Best for: Personalizing with monograms or stripes. The stitches look integral to the garment and work best in a stockinette stitch. Use yarn that’s the same weight as the item’s yarn.
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1. Thread a darning needle with contrasting yarn. From inside of hat, push needle through base of stitch you’re duplicating. Pass needle from right to left behind stitch directly above.
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2. Insert needle through starting point, and back out through base of next stitch up.
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3. Fill in desired pattern. Stitches should be taut but not tight.
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Best for: Giving a basic hat more impact. Either buy or make the pom-poms. (Watch a video how-to.)
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1. Cut a 1-inch disk of felt. Place inside hat at desired spot for pom-pom.
2. Thread 1 tail of pom-pom onto a sewing needle, and stitch through hat and disk. Repeat with second tail. Tie tails tightly, using a square knot.
3. Optional: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for teddy bear–ear pom-poms.
Fox-fur pom-pom, $20, mjtrim.com
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Felted Wool Balls
Best for: Adding a fun pattern of color and texture to a child’s hat.
Thread a sewing needle with matching thread. From inside, stitch through hat and into felt ball several times; double-knot to secure. Repeat as desired.
Felted balls, 1 cm, $13 for 50, handbehgfelts.com
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Best for: Bringing bouncy, colorful accents to any hat.
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1. Tie off 3 pom-poms with strong thread, leaving several-inch tails.
2. Cut three 30-inch pieces of yarn. Double-knot 1 set of pom-pom threads around middle. Clip off excess thread. Repeat for other 2 pom-poms.
3. Knot all strands of yarn together. Divide strands into 3 and braid; push end of braid through top of hat. Triple-knot to secure.