Friday, 10 February 2012

Crochet and Spool knitted Princess Leia Hat!

Oh my gosh - I finally finished this hat! Squee; I am so happy! This is actually a really simple hat, but the spool knitting simply took ages >_< I really love it though, it's really comfortable and because the wool I used is 100% Baby Alpaca it is so soft ^_^


I used the thickest brown wool I could find (Vera Moda Husky), which helpfully didn't have a ply on the label. I crocheted the hat with a 6mm hook though, so based on that, I'm estimating around 12 ply. The base hat is made up of trebles; if you're looking for a simple pattern, try this Pokeball Hat - obviously just ignore the colour changes ^_^ Then I made a big spool knitter using a wrapping paper tube and four skewers; I cut the tube down to about six inches and then taped the skewers evenly around the tube, leaving them sticking up about an inch above the top of the tube.


And then I spool knitted. A lot. I spool knitting 202 inches for each bun, which used up just under 100 grams per bun.
Then I coiled the spool knitting tubes into the buns; they have a diameter of about 5 inches and are about 2 inches high. Sewing them together was a bit tricky! Possibly using hot glue would have been better, but I was concerned it might be seen and hot glue also does make things a little less soft.

Anyway, once they were sewn into a bun-shaped, I sewed them onto the sides of the hat.
 
And now it's done! Yay! ^_^ I am so happy that I finally finished it!
See you later - with all the backed up pictures for the drawing challenge!

- Lisa x

4 comments:

knitxcore. said...

hahah! so cute! don't you you just lovvvvve alpaca?

Lisa said...

Yes! After this project I am determined to buy *more* alpaca - it is just lovely ^_^

Rebecca said...

Baby Alpaca on your head. Lol.
Such a brilliant idea!

Lisa said...

Thanks Bec ^_^ Also, have you seen a picture of a baby alpaca? They are *soooo* cute!