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A fun, felted top hat!
One of my absolute favorite comic book series inspired this hat! While not the main focus of the series, Death is a recurring character, but instead of a skeleton dressed in drab robes carrying a scythe, Death is a Sassy teenage goth girl with a great eye for fashion!
This mini fascinator top hat is a nod to her trendy style. Fascinators are huge right now, and this one is really easy to make! Knit in the round, with only a few increases and decreases for shaping. Felted to hold a solid shape, then accented with a veil, feathers, however you decide to decorate it!
Photos by Tom Klubens

Posted by Joan of Dark Published See Joan of Dark's 11 projects » © 2021 Toni Carr / Andrews McMeel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.
  • Step 1

    One skein Cascade 220 #8555 in Black (100% Wool, 220 yards per 100 grams)
    4 US size 8 double pointed needles
    Feathers, French netting, veil, or any accent pieces
    Sewing needle and thread
    Tapestry needle
    Comb, bobby pins, or hair clips

  • Step 2

    CO 48 sts, pm, join
    Rows 1-9: Knit around each row
    Row 10: *Knit 6, k2tog* repeat from * to last 7 sts. K5, k2tog
    Row 11: Knit
    Row 12: *Knit 8, k2tog* Repeat to last 2 sts, k2
    Rows 13-35: Knit around each row
    Row 36: *Knit 7, m1* repeat to last 3 sts, k3
    Row 37: Knit around

  • Step 3

    Row 38: *Knit 5, m1* repeat to last 3 sts, k3
    Row 39: Knit around
    Row 40:*Knit 8, k2tog* repeat to last st, k1
    Row 41:*K2tog* repeat to last 6 sts, k4, k2tog
    Row 42:*K2tog* repeat to last 4 sts, k2, k2tog
    Row 43:*K2tog* repeat to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog
    Row 44:*K2tog* repeat to last 2 sts, k2
    Row 45:*K2tog* repeat around
    Row 46:*K2tog* repeat around

  • Step 4

    Cut yarn, thread through tapestry needle, weave through remaining stitches and close.
    Felt, stuff with plastic bags or towels to block. Let the bottom brim roll up. With the increases at the top, you can even set the top at an angle for a cool off kilter look.
    Attach netting for veil. Get as creative as you want at this point! Felt flowers, feathers, etc! Use some bobby pins to hold in place on your head, or sew in a comb or hair clips.

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