Simplicity 8468, HAT, MINI-BAG, SHOULDER BAG, BERET, SCARF, KNITTED BERET AND KNITTED SCARF, copyright 1969 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
Maybe you remember this pattern? From that time when I decided to give it a second chance and not Throw it?
When it was knitted for me by my friend HRM who suggested I,
Throw this thing, and toss a lit match in after.
Well. She was right.
The original post is here, complete with HRM’s notes on the knitting process, and here below is the hat she made.
This one above is the beret, which I thought was going to be floppier? More flat on top? More standing away from the head, less like something I might wear in a kitchen? Or a convent?
Maybe I don’t understand what a beret is supposed to be.
This one was made from a cashmere sweater from the thrift shop. I used the ribbed hem of the sweater for the edge, instead of elastic in a channel like the patterns says.
I find the seam across the crown really visible and distracting, and yet it doesn’t add shape or style. So I’m not a fan. I prefer the more typical darts-at-the-top method for rounding out a hat.
And here above is the hat.
This hat hurts my head. And I don’t mean like in a “math is tough!” kind of way, I mean it physically hurts my head.
Which is my fault.
Totally my fault.
I used a really thick fabric for this, some kind of industrial synthetic felt. I think it was actually a packing material, like it came to the house in a box to protect the contents and instead of throwing it out I was like, “ooh! This is almost like fabric!!!”
All that fat seam allowance turns to the inside and tourniquets my head and it’s awful.
So this one is going to the thrift shop. It would be great for a kids dress-up box. Just not my kid, because I am Over It.
Sew It or Throw It:
Here’s the thing though: I still believe this could be done well. Just not by me. By some other person. A person who has:
- Experience manipulating felt
- A free-arm sewing machine
- A nice wooden head-block
- Education in millinery, and the patience that comes with that education.
Millinery is a skill. I respect milliners, I’m not one, I don’t want to put in the time to become one. I want to make a dorky hat, complain about it, and send it off to a new home.
Fly away, dorky hat!