Inspired by all the fantastic hats of the 1930s-1940s, this tilt hat uses short row shaping and blocking to get its distinct vintage lines.
The short rows flare out the front while the back brim is flipped up.
This design managed to felt up just right on the first go (after several ripping and recalculating during the knitting process). My felt hat obsession is starting to pay off, ha!
The real key in any fulled hat is in the blocking. I really recommend getting an inexpensive Styrofoam “wig form” head at a beauty supply store to block and pin the hat on it. You want to work with the hat still damp from the felting process, shaping it onto the form, and pinning the brim how you would like. For this hat the back is folded up and pinned through both layers. And in the front I put pins into the foam head under the brim to lift it up so it flares out from the body of the hat. Once it dries it will hold this shape (or with a little extra spray starch or fabric stiffener for more extreme angles/curves).
Any felt-able worsted weight yarn held doubled can be used for this, or equivalent one strand of super bulky yarn. Two strands of Patons Classic Wool was used here. I also like to give it a little shave post-felting, as I have previously posted about.
This is finished with a grosgrain ribbon twisted around to conform to the hat shape and a vintage clear button.
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Pattern: Evelyn – Vintage Tilt Hat (Ravelry link)
Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4″ in St st on smaller needles before felting but gauge not important. Any worsted weight yarn held doubled will work.
Needle sizes: US Size 13 (9mm): 16″ circular. US Size 11 (8mm): 16″ circular and double pointed needles
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (100% Wool; 210yds/192m per 100g/3.5 oz. skein) Color: #00226 Black; 1 skein (Yarn held doubled)
Skill level: Advanced Beginner (working in the round, short rows, felting)
Format: PDF instant download pattern