{photo tutorial} beanie hat

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Every morning I sit at my computer and I click the Pinterest bookmark and I “leaf” through for a couple minutes. Pinning things that I might want to look at later.  In my little feed there was a pin with 5 different beanie hat tutorials.  After looking through I realized that one of them was from a talented lady I follow on Instagram @imaginegnats.  Her blog had the tutorial up in the free section and I immediately dived in.   I created my own tutorial here, not because I didn’t like hers, but because I didn’t use her pattern.  And instead I figured out the size I need by measurements.  I wanted to show how I did that.  If you like a pattern please pop right over and print hers.  Cause its great too. And yes that’s it sitting next to my shirt on the table. :)

To get started find an old t-shirt.  I grabbed one for me, and the girl and boy.  I did his first and messed it up a bit.  Then her and overcompensated.  By the time I got to mine I knew what I was doing wrong. I made all three in about 20 minutes.  (20 mins!!!)

  1. T-shirt or knit fabric.  CHECK.

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2. Turn it inside out and fold it in half lengthwise

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3. Measure your head at the point where the hat will sit.  Mine is 23 inches.  I went with 22 because I’d like it to not fall off.  I allowed 1/4 seem allowance.   After you know your measurement, divide it by 4.  Do you see how there is 4 layers in the picture above?  Ok good.  Now cut it down to that number.  22/4=5.5

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5. Now, how long do you want it?  Tight? Slouchy? Hipster Slouchy?  I went moderate slouch.  I measured from the bottom of my ear to the top of my head and added 3 inches.  That was 12 inches.

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6. One more cut.  Lay it out flat and trim off just the bottom corners.  This will keep it tight to at your hairline.

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7. Now we sew!  Put your machine on the knit/stretchy stitch.  And doesn’t forget to change your stitch length and width.  I move mine to 3 and 3.  Then switch your needle position to the left or right.  Which ever is closer to the outside.

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8. Make sure you are still right side together and sew only the sides of your hat.  Leave the top (the slouchy part) completely open right now.

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9. Now we are going to turn it so that the seems that you’ve just created are in the center of the fabric.

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10.  I like my slouch slouchy but not pointy.  So I used an 12” embroidery hoop for a guide to cut my top into a half circle.  ( This is not an exact science, as you can see. But it works!  ;))

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11. But then I cut just a bit more off to make sure it didn’t point.

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12. Now we sew.  Just follow the edge around.  Allow at least 1/4 seem allowance.  Mine is wonky cause I did it with the kids hanging on me.  But it totally doesn’t matter!

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13.  Flip it inside (rightside?) out and rock that beanie, hipster!

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