Friday morning we woke up to a blanket of white snow. I’d been enjoying the snow-free weather, but then I remembered how pretty snow is. So pretty. I love the quiet that comes with it, too.
To celebrate the first snow I made a hat from an old sweater. One of my goals for this new year is purge my closet so that it is full of only things I love. I liked this sweater when I got it, but it has a hole now, which I could fix…but I also washed it with a brand new sweatshirt and it has sweatshirt specks all over it. I could get them off, but I never really liked the way this sweater fit anyways. It felt so good to cut into it!
I made a printable pdf for you! Happy first snow day to you!
–snowy day hat pattern download (free!)
-1 old sweater
-1/4 yard stretchy knit fabric for the lining
-needle + thread
Start by cutting open one side of the sweater, along the side seam. Keep the other side seam intact. You can also cut off the sleeves so they don’t get in your way.
Fold your sweater back along the side seam so you have the front and back layers on top of each other. Then print out the pdf and pin it on the fold.
Cut along the pattern piece, adding about 1/2″ for seam allowance. If you’re making this for a child, you don’t have to add any seam allowance.
Fold it on top of itself with right sides together and sew where indicated:
Repeat with your lining fabric.
Then sew them together at the top and braid until you are almost finished. When you are almost at the end, stitch and backstitch to keep your braid in place.
Now unpin the earflap part where your lining and outer fabric meet and stuff in the braid. Leave just a little poking out. It’s pretty thick, so when you sew it, just go slow over these.
This is so cute!! Although I live in Houston and it is 79 degrees today :/ so I prob don’t need one ha! But I have two cheapy target sweaters that got holes in the arms and they are in my craft room right now waiting for a refashion!
Cute! I love new ideas for old sweaters. I have a stack of sweaters ready to be hacked up when inspirations strikes.
I love it!! Thanks for sharing the pattern!
This is adorable! I need to make some hats for my kids… too bad it’s never cold here!
watched spice world yesterday
This looks great! I have the perfect sweater in mind… And since we just got a bunch of snow for the first time this year – I have just the excuse to try it! Thanks :-)
xoxo erin estella
That is adorable! :)
Ms. Zimmer Teaches in Math Land
I am going to make this right now! Thank you!
Jess@craftiness is not optional
so adorable, Kate! looks so cozy too!
Your blog likes so beautifull ! What’s the name of the Font that you used to write “old sweater”? it’s very nice ! Thanks!
This is such a stinkin cute idea! I should make one for my mr, he’s always complaining about how cold he is but never wears hats… Haha. It actually snowed here in Portland a little bit today, made me miss Utah. A little at least :)
thanks for this pattern!
Great tutorial…this hat is really nice. Thank you very much! Ilaria
Thanks for the pattern. My daughter loves hats like this so I’ll be turning her outgrown sweaters into hats for her. :)
Excellent, I love using up old jumpers – especially when a stupid moth has ruined them. Thanks for the pattern!
LOVE this idea (yours is adorable) but man, the sewing machine and I are not very good friends…. you said “stretchy needle”? hahahha
So happy to have found your blog while browsing :D Can’t wait to check out more!! Happy Wednesday!
The windchill here will be -30 to -40 — I think a warm hat from an old sweater is JUST what we need! And it looks like a great way to teach my daughter to sew!!! THANK YOU!
Mandi @ make it dear
oh , nice!! it is cold cold cold here in canada!
Rae of Sunshine
Thanks so much for the pattern! It’s perfect for the -47C weather in Saskatchewan!
It's The Little Tings
After reading about the sweatshirt specks on your sweater, I had to take a closer look – and, yes!, my exact same sweater has the exact same problem. So, thank you big time for giving me a perfect solution to the problem. Love this idea so much.
This is so, so cute!! I love and totally want to try this out now!
Wow! This is such a cool idea. I have been saving this sweater that had a whole in it as well that I loved so dearly that I couldn’t get myself to throw it away. I am so bad at sewing but I am really gonna give it a go!
Thanks for sharing, will ofcourse let you know when it did work out.
i so much love it! thanks so much! mwahhh! gonna do it too later!
Thank you for this pattern! I made two of these this weekend (one for me, one for my daughter) – each took about an hour. They’re SO easy, SO cute, SO comfortable. I love making things out of other things/recycling/reusing, and this is such a quick and satisfying way to keep wearing a favorite sweater that’s wearing out, or maybe one that has fond memories that I accidentally shrank. I HIGHLY recommend this pattern who loves warmth, upcycling, and instant gratification.
Love this tutorial – thanks for sharing! Here’s my version of the hat: http://hotteaapparel.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweater-hat.html
Great Upcycle! This was featured today at Grits and Giggles!
Wonderfull! I think I’m going to make this one too. My to-do-list is very big but I’ll put in on the list!
This is an awesome pattern and tutorial. I used fleece as my lining because it’s what I had available. I’ve made two of them and my children absolutely love them. One of my daughter’s friends has already requested one for herself. Thank you!
Sparkle and Co
That’s a very good idea! Now, this pattern is in my to-do list! Thank you for sharing this ;)
Gypsy in Jasper
Holy this is amazing!! I definitely have a sweater just waiting for this pattern. Thanks for sharing.
YES! I made it. It’s fantastic!
I made it, too. Love it! will make more for my girls. Thanks!
i made it! i love it….will make more for my girls. Thanks
I love this hat!!!! Check this out! :)
I made this hat for a baby gift. I love the way it turned out. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m planning on making more. Here is a photo. http://couscousbird.blogspot.com/
Awesome tutorial Kate! Just wanted to let you know, I pinned this on Pinterest thinking I’ll get around to crafting this one day, and it got 50 repins! I hope they linked back to your page for the full tutorial. Congrats :)
Great idea! I’ll make one right now! Visit my blog for a picture!
Awesome! I’m going to make one right now! Click on my name to visit my blog and see my hat!
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Colher de mel
Hello, I have a question with the pattern. I printed it out and I actually taped it side by side. I know see (and after a very crooked hat) that I should have taped one side over the other, right? Just how overlaped are they?
This was a great tutorial. Anyway, congratulations of what you did with your old
clothes to the new one hat and with your unique designs thus, I really appreciate it.
dana @ wonder forest
This is adorable! Such a great idea :)
So cute :) We will try to do it this week :)
Thanks for your tutorial :)
Very cute hats. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.
Hi, i haven’t been able to download the pattern – the Scribd page requires membership fee. Would love to try making this, looks beautiful!
Dear Kate, beautiful, but i was not able to download the pattern for free – Scribd page requires a membership fee :(