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BBK: Designing Your Own Hat

In this class, Louis Boria of Brooklyn Boy Knits will be demonstrating how to design your own hat using simple templates and techniques. Louis will discuss cast ons for hats, deciding on fit (fitted vs slouchy), striping, ribbing options, calculating decreases and more. This is an intermediate level knitting class and students must be familiar with knitting in the round, decreases and DPNs. 

Brim work:

- Starting with the best cast on technique for hats (Long tail vs. German Twist Cast on).

- Deciding your hat fit (fitted vs. slouchy) and how many stitches to cast on.

- Benefits of knitting with elastic thread.

- Striping brims (Using multiple colors on the brim).

- 1x1 vs. 2x2 ribbing

-Brim length.


Body (deciding on construction):

- Selecting the right stitches for the body of the hat

- How to determine what stitches work well together.

- Discussing the importance of pairing stitches based on stitch sequence (multiples of 2 vs. 3). 

- Adding simple cables.

- How to translate stitch instruction from knitting flat to knitting in the round.

- Determining how many inches to knit the body.


Working the Crown and finishes:

- Using simple math to determine your decreases for the crown.

- Explaining why we knit a row in between our decrease rows.

- weaving in ends properly.


Other things that will be discussed in this class:

- Combining different fibers and different weights to create those special hats.

- What to do when your brim gets over stretched.

- Adding pom-poms, Tassels, and patches. 


Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Required Materials:  

4.5 mm, 5 mm, and 5.5 mm 16” circular needles.

4.5 mm, 5 mm, and 5.5 mm DPNs

A skein of worsted weight yarn

Stitch markers

Pen/paper for taking notes

Be sure to check out all of the Brooklyn Boy Knits classes and events at IQF&Y:

The Community We Stitch Together Lecture

Kids Pom-Pom Monster & Yarn Bird Workshop

Bushwick Convertible Hat Class

About Louis Boria

It was literally all a dream for the founder and creator of Brooklyn Boy Knits. What went from just knitting for friends turned into something much bigger and warmer. Stereotypes don’t paint men as knitters and Boria is breaking barriers through Brooklyn Boy Knits. His friends loved their handmade gifts so much that they soon told their friends and before he knew it Brooklyn Boy Knits was reaching people beyond Brooklyn. A photo of Louis knitting on the subway went viral, creating an unexpected demand for the goods produced for his 10-year-old knitwear business and turning Louis into one of the rising stars of the fiber arts world. He is a member of the Vogue Knitting Diversity Advisory Council.

Any cancellations for the Louis Boria/Brooklyn Boy Knits workshops must be done by the end of the day on Oct. 18, 2019 in order to receive a full refund*. After Oct. 18, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Skill Level: Intermediate
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.