Category Archives: Hats

Hat Shapes


Do you remember this book? Written in 1940 by Esphyr Slobodkina, it has become a children’s classic.

It’s a tale of a peddler who has hats for sale.The complete title is: Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business so you can imagine the shenanigans they get up to!  Although the peddler has many, many hats his are all the same.  OURS are not. The hats that Adele’s Legacy gives out are extremely varied!   Here are some different styles of our “caps!”

Typical Hat

TypicalThe most typical hat is the one created in the round, starting with a cuff, and ending with a gradual decrease, and possibly a pompom on top.  These can be knitted or crocheted. (Remember that crocheted hats have very little give to them; so be careful of the sizing!) This type of hat can be created with unique stitches, various colors, or added embellishments like crochet flowers.  These are the most common type of hat we give away.

Flat Hat

FlatcrochetMost of our hats are knit in the round, but if you aren’t comfortable knitting in the round (although we would be happy to teach you!) you can always knit them flat then sew them up.  The easiest flat hat could be knit or crocheted.  Work a rectangle piece approximately 18″ long by 10″ high.  Then sew the two 10″ sides together, and sew the top together. Then add a tassel on each point.  These are pretty popular, and VERY easy to make.

Slouch Hat

IMG_2390These type of hats are very popular these days, and people of all ages wear them!  They are also easy to make, just make a typical hat (you can find patterns on our Hat Patterns Page) and increase the number of stitches after the cuff (to make it bloused)  and make it a bit longer than normal and there you have a slouch hat.  Some slouch hats have a cable or lace pattern on them.  Be creative!!

Square Top Hat

Square-topThis type of hat is fun to knit and comfortable to wear!  Start with a square of knitted or crocheted fabric, then pick up stitches all around the square and increase until you get to the circumference you want, then continue to the height you want. Easy peasy!!!



BeretBeret’s that we give away most often seem to be crocheted! You certainly can knit them, but many of our hand workers seem to enjoy crocheting them.  They are considered very fashionable by the young ladies in our elementary schools! Most often they start at the bottom, increase after the cuff, then decrease to the top.


Helmet Hat

HelmetThis is a new pattern for us.  Recreated from a beloved hat knitted back in 1953 we think this will become a new favorite, especially when knit in the ever popular camouflage colors! Check out our free patterns on our Hat Patterns Page.



Ear flap Hat

IMG_2388Ear flap hats have become more popular recently, and our hand workers have been attuned to this shift in fashion!  More and more ear flap hats have been created by our donors, and more of the children have had warm cozy ears!  While they might look intimidating to a new knitter or crocheter, a basic hat pattern with the addition of flaps over the ears is not hard to do, and a lot of fun to wear!

Finishing School (Yarn Ends)

In an effort to help new knitters, and to ensure that we spread good knitting and crocheting habits, Adele’s Legacy provides proven best practices and advice for those who are interested.  Don’t forget our Tips and Tricks, too!  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a message, and we will help you if we can!  

When you start or finish a piece of handwork there is always a short length of yarn that is not actually a part of the item.  We call these the “end” and they are very important.  If the ends are not correctly woven into the piece you are making that wonderful hat or scarf that you have worked so hard on might unravel the first time it is washed!  Here are some basic guidelines to dealing with yarn ends.

  • Yarn ends should be at least 7 inches long.  If they are too short you will have trouble weaving them in.  If they are too long they get in the way as you are working.
Sharp needle on left, blunt  needle on right.
Sharp needle on left, blunt needle on right.
  • It is best to use a sharp needle when weaving in ends.  A blunt needle is often useful to join pieces together (like sewing up a sleeve), but for sewing in ends a sharp needle is the most useful because you will want to split yarn as you weave.


  • Thread your needle and then, using the sharp point of your needle skim across the fabric of your work.  The needle should go through just about a third of the strand of yarn. It should be enough to anchor the yarn you are sewing in, but not enough to be seen through on the other side.
Skim across the fabric of your work.










  •  Go back and forth, in the same way about three times, and then do it again, cutting across perpendicular to the three strands you just wove. (In the picture the yarn is blue just so you can see what it should look like.) This will help hold the end in place, and not allow it to unravel as easily. When you do the last pass of weaving in you should go through your work, but ALSO through the strands of yarn you just wove in. None of this should be obvious from the RIGHT side of the work (the outside of the hat, for example.)










  • This is what it looks like when it’s complete. Of course, on your work you would have only one end because the other would be attached to your work.
Weaving completed.










  • You do it the same way if the inside (or wrong side) of the item is the knit side, or if it’s crocheted.  You do not want to pull it too tight, it should be the same tension as the rest of the fabric of the item, so it won’t show. When you are done cut off the excess yarn and you are done with that yarn end!
Weaving on knit side fabric.










  • If you are working on a scarf, or with yarn of a contrasting color, where there might be more change of the color showing through on the other side you can make it less obvious by splitting the yarn.  Before you thread your yarn end onto the needle split the yarn into two pieces. For example, if you are working with 6-ply yarn, split the yarn end into two strands of 3-ply yarn.  Then weave each yarn in separately. This will lessen the thickness of the weaving and will reduce the “footprint” of the weaving. It takes a little longer, but it makes a better product.