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Project

Animal Hat

Introduction

Bear cubs are almost always warm, and have no need for hats. Your infant, though, has less natural insulation to protect him from the chill. A teddy bear toque keeps the heat in and provides a cheerful playmate. Even better, it can be made from a plain knit hat using nothing more than some cotton batting and a few quick stitches with contrasting yarn. Look for a tall hat with a rolled edge, like this one, or unfold the cuff of a ski hat. The end result proves it: Two heads are cuter than one.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin with a knit hat that has a little extra height. Put a marshmallow-size ball of batting inside peak of hat, and squeeze bear's neck to shape head. Mark eyes and nose using a fabric pencil.

  2. Step 2

    Remove stuffing; create eyes with knots of contrasting yarn. Sew a yarn "X" for nose. Replace batting.

  3. Step 3

    To shape head, loop a rubber band at neck to hold in place; wrap matching heavy button thread around neck three or four times, just above rubber bank; knot. Repeat twice more to shape ears. Remove rubber bands.

Source
Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 4 2001

Reviews (7)

  • Zoeyheart 3 May, 2011

    This is so cute and you can knit the little hat yourself using a circle knitter making it even more special.

  • Prev_test533 4 Dec, 2008

    this is adorable.

  • bwaybabe802 12 Nov, 2008

    THAT IS SO CUTE! This would be perfect for a baby shower gift! I think I'm going to make my new baby cousin one now for christmas!

  • bwaybabe802 12 Nov, 2008

    THAT IS SO CUTE! This would be perfect for a baby shower gift! I think I'm going to make my new baby cousin one now for christmas!

  • zerrin57 20 Mar, 2008

    hn n n n mm very smart idea..

  • zerrin57 20 Mar, 2008

    hn n n n mm very smart idea..

  • kitchenlove 28 Dec, 2007

    This is really a great idea. My little girl loves her bear hat! It is such a simple project everyone with a little one needs to make this hat!