I first got the idea to make square hats a few years ago. I am not a very talented knitter, so I never got the hang of creating a rounded knitted hat without causing a big bump at the top of the head. This required a pom-pom to disguise my lousy knitting skills. I stayed away from hats and stuck to simple loom knitting of straight line items such as scarfs. At a craft fair, I saw felted square hats made to look like animals. I thought they were simply fabulous. I tried some on even though I really hate the feeling of handmade felt. Granted it was cute, but it still felt icky, was way out of my price range ($40+), and didn’t allow any breath-ability which made my head sweat. I reluctantly passed the hat by, but it had set my mind thinking.
If it is possible to make a square felt hat, would it be possible to make other types of square hats?
I went home that night and started tinkering with my looms and never-ending supply of yarn. A couple hours later and ta da: the knitted square hat was born. I have made many of these hats and I just love the look of them. The square shape gives the appearance that the wearer has ears! Instead of animal hats, I decided to use a more traditional look of knitted hats by skipping the animal theme and adding cute buttons instead.
The unique thing about my knitted hats is that there are never two alike. I collect buttons from all over the place. I use upcycled ones from old clothes, buy new ones from craft stores, and ones are often given to me as gifts from my friends that know just how much I love buttons. My favorite place is to get them from SCRAP in San Francisco. They have bins and bins of buttons that have been donated from businesses and individuals. I could spend a lifetime searching these bins trying to find the perfect ones. I also never buy my yarn in bulk. I like to find forgotten yarn at the White Elephant Sale in Oakland, yard sales, and of course SCRAP. It is amazing how much new yarn costs. It is even more amazing that so many people resell new unused yarn, especially since it costs so much. By reusing in this way, it helps me keep my products affordable and unique!
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