October 5, 2013

DIY : Knit Beanie

I've always wanted a hot pink beanie, but was never able to find one that I liked. So when you can't find something you want, the solution is to always d-i-y :) This is a super easy project, and you can pretty much make your beanie out of anything you want (stretch of course)! I apologize in advance for the inconsistent lighting! I kept messing around with the lights and cameras.

What You Need :
Printed Pattern
Knit or stretch material

Step 1. Print & cut beanie pattern. Download the patterns - 2 pieces. I modified the pattern after I made this tutorial. The Grain on my pattern is going the opposite way :(
Pattern 1
Pattern 2
Step 2. Align 'V's on the center of the pattern to create the Center 'X'. Tape patterns together.
Step 3. Time for some sewing 101! Selvedge is the finished edge of fabric. Fold your fabric in half so that the fold is facing you and the selvedge is to the left. Make sure the arrow on the pattern is going the same way as your selvedge.
Step 4. The dashed lines on the pattern indicate where the pattern should lay on a fold.
Step 5. Fold the fabric in half again so that the new fold is on the right. Place pattern on the folded material
Step 6. Pin pattern to material.
Step 7. When the cut material is open, it should look like the image below
Step 8. Fully open material piece so that the "ears" point outward. Meet the long edges together.
Step 9. Pin & sew
Step 10. Flip the piece inside-out half way so that the ugly seams face each other.
Step 11. Match up the ears. Pin and sew outer edges.
Step 12. Open the top of the piece and match the two sewn points together.
Step 13. Pin and sew.
Step 14. Flip inside-out & you're done!

Now that I have this pattern, I don't think I'll be stressing about finding certain color beanies anymore. You can literally use anything that stretches, and of course, make sure it's comfortable to wear. I made another beanie out of this tie-dye fabric I had lying around. Sadly, I made this beanie a little too tight, so from the front it looks like I'm wearing a tie dye du-rag. If you do this DIY, send me photos - I love to see the DIYs made :)

Happy DIY Saturday! I missed posting this yesterday, so I can't say Friday.

x, lexie

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