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The Florrie Knitted Felt Hat


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The Florrie Hat is named for my Grandmother and inspired by the era of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. Cloche-style hats are so flattering and anyone can wear the style - may as well be both stylish and warm! This hat is easy knitting and you will learn how to do a "make one" increase {usually abbreviated M1} . My instructions are non-traditional in that I use few, if any abbreviations. Each step is written out with stitch counts. You'll also learn how easy it is to custom dye your own embellishments - in this case, a rose. Full instructions for knitting then dyeing the rose are given. No fancy stuff required - just things from your kitchen. Note: everything used in this dyeing tutorial is food-grade, therefore safe to re-use for food. Next, you'll learn how to "felt" in a washing machine - easy and fun. Then, instructions are given step-by-step for making your hat look like it came from a millinery shop! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cast on knit and purl knitting in the round decrease by knitting 2 stitches together increase by knitting into the front and the back of a stitch bind off GAUGE Gauge is not overly critical for this project - aim for about 15 stitches = 4". The felting will determine sizing {small, medium or large}. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Hat will fit women's small, medium or large about 21" to 23" head circumference

Supplies Needed

  • All yarns must be able to felt
  • Approximately 200 yards of a medium weight wool, main color
  • Approximately 120 yards of a medium weight wool, contarast color

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I've always made things as long as I can remember. Both my Mom and Dad were"makers", so it just was what you did! The handcrafted item was always respected and expected in my family. Mom taught me how to knit, which was a challenge, as she was left-handed and I'm right-handed! Knitting is the one art and craft that I always return to through the years. My other favorites are marbling, bookbinding, calligraphy and beading. It's especially fun to try and combine all of my favorites into one design! I can add sewing to the favorites list again after taking the "Couture Dress" class on Craftsy - I hadn't sewn for myself in a long time because fitting and the way patterns are done frustrated me to no end - the class gave me a whole new way to approach sewing and I'm enjoying it again.