I want to show you how I created this adorable and simple baby stocking hat from an old sweater I had outgrown. Seriously, these hats take all of 20 minutes to whip up!
And the great thing is, you can customize and embellish these hats all you want. Add a groovy vintage button as a focal piece! Add some ribbon, or lace for a posh and pretty baby girl hat! The end result will be nothing short of fabulous.
First just choose a sweater! I like to use a knit sweater for a more rustic look. But you could just as easily use fleece, or a french terry sweatshirt. Whatever you have on hand that is thick and comfy. Think winter!
You will want to create the brim of the hat out of a finished part of the sweater - the waistline or one of the sleeves.
For an infant cutting the hat from a sleeve is absolutely perfect! All you will need to do is cut off the sleeve and then cut the end part (the wrist would make the hat's brim) into the shape of a stocking hat - would be triangular shaped.
For this particular hat, since it was for a 6 month old little munchkin, I created the hat from the waistband of the sweater.
I laid the sweater down flat (inside out) and measured several inches from the fold. I then cut a triangle shape from the finished part of the waistband up to a point in the sweater's fabric.
A note about sizing: If you can, get actual measurements of the infant's head. Cut the hat half of the width of the circumference of the head. So if the baby's head is 18 inches around, cut the hat to 9 inches. Remember, sweaters generally are stretchy! So it's ok if it's a little smaller than the actual circumference size. It's probably even preferable.
After sewing flip the hat outside in and you're done! Viola!
That was easy, wasn't it? Now go make three more.