I’ve been thinking about patterns lately and specifically about the base design of things.
For example, winter hats. There are a number of ways you can do one.
- Make a chain long enough for a head, 21 inches is usually good. Do your stitches back and forth about 7-8 inches high. Sew the long ends together, then sew around the top and draw it together to close. Finish the bottom border. The trouble with this one is, you have a seam and the top will feel bulky.
- Make a chain long enough for a head but form a loop. Do your selected stitch AROUND about 7-8 inches high, starting with a border or not. Sew around the top and draw it together to close. This one has no seam but the top is still bulky.
- Same as 2 but instead around 5 inches up, begin to add some decreases to make the end hole smaller. Then sew around and drawn in. This has no seam and the top is smoother.
- Start from the top and expand out using increases and work down. This one completes a smooth beanie type of look and I feel looks the most professional. The only trouble is making sure the end result is big enough for the head, since you aren’t figuring that out with the initial chain.