There were several reasons I came up with this hat, if you will. Possibly it would be better named if it was call a snood, but according to the dictionary, this isn't quite a snood either.
This is not glamorous headgear. This is part hood, part ear-muffs and part turban-esque. Yep, like I said, this is not glamorous. This is warm, this is comfortable and this is frugal.
If you have long hair like I do, synthetic fabrics do not work well, due to static electricity. For some reason my hair is a magnet for static electricity. Also I wear my hair up, otherwise I have to move it out of the way while shopping and running errands, so I needed a warm hat that allowed room for a rolled up bun of hair.
But the biggest problem I have had in finding a warm cap, is that they are never large enough. I don't mean that they don't fit, but for my preference, they did not fit comfortable enough for me. I like a very loose hat.
After finding and felting* a man's (small) wool sweater vest, the rest of the job takes about 5 minutes.
Lay the vest on a flat surface, smooth is so there will not be any surprises found after you make your cut.
About 1 inch below the arm, cut in an arc, from side to side.
When you take a close look, you may need to trim, so there is a (very) close match to the edges.
Match up the side seams and whip stitch where they end.
Lay the piece flat once again (side seams to the sides) and smooth out the top. Add 2 buttons to close off the end a bit, and cut some slits for a fringe effect, if desired.
Fold the waistband up and off to the side, add a third button. And that is it!
* I felt by washing in very hot water and then drying in a hot dryer. If it appears that the fibers were reluctant to "felt" I will boil the item and re-dry.
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