I'm working on a different kind of recycled hat. Using the front or back of a sweater, intact, to make most of the hat, unravelling the sweater until just 7 or 8 inches are left, plus the cuff, and then picking up all the stitches with a knitting needle. Next I shape the top following a pattern and knitting just as if I'd knit the whole hat by hand.
I've made several since yesterday... I like that I can make these with cotton sweaters, for those that just don't want wool. It makes a much lighter weight hat, and a more familiar texture. I'll be curious if customers like these better than felted hats.
No photos yet.
Has anyone else tried this or heard of this? I've found a hat via google made from the sleeve of a sweater, by cutting across to get rid of the shoulder part and make an even cone shape, then finishing the edge with crochet, and gathering the long part into a fun long cap... I thought I saw directions for doing what I'm doing online last year, but I can't find them now. maybe on Ravelry.