Tilt Topper

I could wear this hat everyday <3

Project Path for this hat:

  • While thrifting, find and fall in love with fantastic 40′s era reproduction dress
  • Decide it needs a hat to go with it (this should surprise no one)
  • Troll through Etsy’s vintage hats
  • Find inspiration photo
  • Find knitting pattern (Deb’s Derby) for jumping off point
  • Raid stash for wool yarn (Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool)
  • Form a rough plan (slightly smaller around, shorter crown, short rows for asymmetrical brim) and just start knitting
  • Felt and shape on styrofoam head block
  • Embellish with black grosgrain ribbon and felt swallow cutout
  • Put it on and never want to take it off

Swallow detail

Detail shot of the felt swallow bird cutout, I really love how it turned out. I wanted a less formal, more day wear look for this and thus no extravagant flowers or feathers. I really like the simplicity.

Vintage inspired 30s/40s tilt topper hat

For my first run at it, I am so stoked with how close to the original inspiration photo this turned out. This is my first time working with Fisherman’s Wool and I have to say it felts beautifully. I may even prefer it to my usual Patons Classic Wool Merino, sadly it has limited colors.

New hat to go with my "new" thrifted dress

This was a fun, very organic process- although really I probably should have written down my notes/changes to try other variations. You never remember as much as you think you will. But where’s the fun with no experimentation?

Pattern mods added after the jump >>

OK here are the pattern modifications to the best of my knowledge!

CO 80 sts instead of 100. Purled first two rows (this gives it more of a rounded edge). Work for 1.5 inches.
Short rows: (basically two sections worked over 20 sts with alternating plain sections of 20 sts)
40, Wrap and turn, purl 20, W&t knit back to 2 sts before previous
wrap, w&t; repeat 2 more times then continue around and work same
thing over last 20 sts in the round.
Continue with pattern working another 2 inches.
For the sides of the hat work 5 inches instead of 8.
Follow the rest of the pattern as written (noting your stitch counts will be less).

Leave a comment ?


  1. Tres cute.

  2. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I can’t think of a better hat for that dress. So flattering and well-fitting.

  3. Excellent hat! I, too, have found that fisherman’s wool felts like a dream :)

  4. OH MY GOODNESS !!!! This hat is amazing..and I will be making it like next weekend!!!! Thank you so much for linking up!! I am so glad you did!!!

  5. love Love LOVE it to death

  6. The bird silhouette is genius! I’m not a hat person but I want this one – so cute!!

  7. Congratulations, it’s a wonderfull project.

  8. You are amazing! I love your looks and vintage rockabilly style.
    (That dress was a cool find too)
    I can’t knit, I can barely crochet basic stuff.
    Is there a snowball’s chance in hell
    that you might make a hat just like this one to sell to me?
    I am absolutely in love with this hat!
    Name your price!

  9. its not as cool as it looks its much much more, look! Cosplay!

  10. Vincent Margaret

    Thanks-a-mundo for the post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  11. Love it. Now I’ve got to make one for autumn! Also, I love your hair colour!

  12. I like it better than the inspiration hat!

  13. Hi! I gave you a feature in my latest blog post. I hope you will share and enjoy :)


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