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Animal Hat

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Fall 2001

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

  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.

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