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When you’ve finished a crocheting a hat or even knitting one, you might wonder “How to line a hat”. Usually you’d want to line it with some warm & soft fabric, as fleece. But what fabric you choose is totally up to you.


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Related: Learn how to save time weaving in ends (before you actually line your hat).

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If you continue reading, you’ll learn how to line a hat with fabric. You’ll get a shopping list or checklist for what you’ll need, as well as a detailed guide on how it’s all done. As the headline told you, it’s a quick tutorial. Hence this is the no measurements needed, easy way to do it. This can all be done by hand, but some of the sewing you can choose to do with a sewing machine.

Hey! This tutorial can even be used whenever lining other items with fabric. Remember to download the free  how to line a hat workbook to get a printable & downloadable version to have in hand when you’re trying this technique. Click picture below!



There’s a lot of reasons, good & bad, why you should know how to line a hat, however I’ve gathered my 3 top reasons why I think it’s a skill you should learn.

  1. It’s easier than you’d might originally think (at least with my quick step guide)!
  2. Crochet hats or knitted hats often have lace detailing & end up not that warm, fleece keeps you warm!
  3. Beautifully lined crochet hats actually looks really good, that actually means gifting these hats makes them look more impressive!

Further down on this page there’s a comment section. I encourage you to list your 3 best reasons, or at least 1!






Below you can find the shopping list or list of what you’ll need when you’re lining a hat with fleece fabric. Remember to check if you’ve already got some of these too!


  1. Fabric, you can purchase it here: Fleece FabricHOW TO Line a Hat with Fleece Fabric Quickly
  2. Scissors, you can purchase it here: Scotch Multi-Purpose ScissorHOW TO Line a Hat with Fleece Fabric Quickly
  3. A marker, you can purchase it here: Marker BlackHOW TO Line a Hat with Fleece Fabric Quickly
  4. A hat, you can find patterns here: Hat Crochet Patterns
  5. A needle, you can purchase needles here: Needles
  6. Pins, you can purchase pins here: Ball Head Straight PinsHOW TO Line a Hat with Fleece Fabric Quickly
  7. Thread, you can purchase it here: All-Purpose Sewing ThreadHOW TO Line a Hat with Fleece Fabric Quickly




You might think that 7 steps is a lot, but these are really quick & I promise you that you’ll go through these steps within an hour or less.


  1. Grab your fleece fabric that you’re going to line your hat with.
  2. Use a marker to draw around the hat.
  3. Cut the fabric to along the lines.
  4. Sew together the 2 pieces of fabric to make a “Fleece Hat”.
  5. Place the “Fleece Hat” inside your crocheted hat or knitted hat.
  6. Use pins to even out the fabric.
  7. Sew.


Before you start, download the how to line a hat workbook, that will guide you through the process wherever you are. Print it & use it!







Grab your fleece fabric. Cut it in a rectangle & fold it double. It should have approximately the same size as the hat.





Use your marker to draw around your hat.

Leave 1 cm extra at the bottom to fold in later.

(Make sure the color of the marker doesn’t rub of on the hat).


Showing how your marking should look.





Cut along the marking that you made.


This is how it will look after cutting.

(These steps could be used on any other crocheted item that you’ve made. Just draw around & cut).





It’s time to start sewing.

You can choose to use your sewing machine for this step.


Sew stitches along the side of the hat. Make sure to sew tight enough to make sure it doesn’t have any holes.


When you’ve finished sewing around the outer end, you don’t have to fasten the tread.




Place the fleece fabric inside the hat.







Fold the fabric & start pinning the fleece evenly along the bottom of the hat.


Continue until you have pinned around the whole hat.





Locate the needle & thread that you didn’t fasten off earlier. Start sewing along the bottom of the hat.



Continue until you have finished a full round.

Fasten thread & you are finished.




You’ve just learn how to line a hat with fabric. If you have any crocheted hats or other projects you’d like lined with fleece or other fabric, it’s time to start testing this technique. It’s for sure quite easy, & the best thing is that you won’t be needing any complex measurement to learn how to line a hat with fleece fabric.


If you’re looking for crochet hat patterns to try this guide on, here’s a few ideas:

  1. Crochet Bruma Hat – FREE Crochet Pattern
  2. Crochet Scato Hat – FREE Crochet Pattern
  3. Crochet Genus Hat – Free Crochet Pattern
  4. Crochet My Christmas Hat – FREE Crochet Pattern
  5. Løv Slouchy Beanie Crochet Pattern


Before you comment below & add you’re favorite reasons to line a hat with fabric, remember to download the workbook, to access the best resource for lining a hat with fabric.






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Reversible Hat: Crochet, Knit, Loom Knit or Addi Express!


Cooler weather is upon us so it’s time to get serious about some warm hats! One of my favorites is this classic style that’s REVERSIBLE, too!

Use whatever yarn craft you prefer (this one was done with the Addi Express Kingsize knitting machine) and use these measurements as a guide for an adult size hat. Basically, it’s a tube, both ends gathered closed with one end stuffed inside another!

CROCHET TIP: Use a light/thin yarn (#3 or lighter). Crochet uses more yarn per stitch and you’ll end up with an extremely thick, bulky hat if you use #4 or heavier!


Some may find this tutorial interesting as I discuss the way yarn size/type affects sizing. (At the time this video was made, I was not a knitter but my knitter friends told me that the Addi Express Kingsize = 6 mm needles.  Now that I AM a knitter, I think it’s more like 7mm so you’ll have to make your own swatch and see what works best for you!) There are 46 needles on the machine and using Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted it made a tube about 15 inches in circumference. Crocheters, measure a hat you know fits well and using the same type yarn and hook size, make your tube the same circumference as the bottom of your existing hat! Loomers will know just what loom to use to achieve the size they want!!


Addi Express or Innovations Machine Instructions for a large child/adult small hat:

1) Big Lots; double strand – 75 rows x 2 (This yarn is like a sport or DK. )

2) Deb Norville Everyday – 55 rows x 2

3) Red Heart – 65 rows x 2

4) Vanna’s Choice – 60 rows x 2

5) Loops and Threads Impeccable – 60 rows x 2

For smaller sizes, simply change the length of your hat.Hat Sizing Charts!

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How to Knit a Rainbow Hat on a Knitting Machine

Like everyone else during quarantine, I’ve picked up a few hobbies. Crocheting, knitting, embroidering, and so on—fiber arts are my jam. I even joined a local fiber arts group that meets online every month to chat and work on our individual projects over Zoom. Throughout 2020, many of the members in it were working on sewing masks for local nonprofits and mutual aid groups to hand out. I knew I didn’t have the skills or tools necessary to partake, but I had a ton of yarn and wanted to use my newfound love of knitting to help out the community.

With the homelessness crisis in America getting worse, I decided I wanted to make hats for people who might be stuck out in the cold during the winter. Hats are relatively easy to make, don’t require too much yarn, and would help keep someone nice and warm. My only issue: With my beginner’s skill level, it would take me days, sometimes even a full week, to make just one hat. And that hat might have some skipped stitches in it and just look bad, so I’d want to undo it and try again. I was frustrated … there had to be a faster way to make hats. That’s when I discovered knitting machines.

What is a knitting machine?

A knitting machine is basically what it sounds like: a machine that knits for you. More technically speaking, you feed it yarn, crank a lever, and it does the action of knitting using its many hooks for you in a much speedier and efficient way. Knitting machines come in different shapes, styles, and sizes for making different types of projects. The circular ones are best for hats, which is why I sought one of those out. If you want to make baby-sized hats, you go for the 20-needle machine, but if you want a hat that’ll fit an adult, you’ll need the 40- or 48-needle machine—the needles indicate the number of stitches that go into creating the diameter of the hat. These machines are great if you are knitting items for a business or in bulk (ding ding ding!) as you can do it really fast, or if you want to make homemade hats (or scarves), but you don’t want to actually learn how to knit. It’s more mechanical than skill-oriented, but the resulting apparel is still technically made by you!

I was first captivated by knitting machines after seeing a video of one in action on TikTok, and how someone was able to make a seemingly perfect hat in under 30 minutes. There are a ton of knitting machines for sale online, but most of them are kind of sketchy, if you believe the user reviews lamenting yarn jams, snapped hooks, broken row counters, and immovable cranks.

What’s the best knitting machine?

Similar looking knitting machines on amazon

Credit: Amazon

To find one that might be worth it for my hat-making plans, I asked people in a fiber arts Facebook group I’m in (that has over 78,000 members!) which machine was most reliable. Everyone agreed the Addi King Size Knitting Machine is hands-down the best knitting machine. People prefer the Addi because it’s made of a sturdier plastic than others, has the capability to mount to a table for stability, is great for making hats and scarves as well as bigger projects like sweaters and, well, has a reputation for not breaking. Some people even get drill attachments for the crank arm so they don’t have to turn it manually, and while that would almost definitely break a cheaper one, various reviews and customer testimonials claim that it works just fine for an Addi machine.

But, unfortunately, the Addi has two major downsides. For one, it costs between $250 and $400, depending on where you buy it—and it is often sold out. Like seriously sold out. I couldn’t find it in stock at a single retailer worldwide (yes, the demand for it is that high). So many people, including me, tend to settle for one of the “cheaper” ones, which range in price from $50 to $100.

I took to—where else—Amazon to find myself a reasonable substitute. One popular model of knitting machine by Sentro earned 4 stars from 525 shoppers, but many reviews said that there was a 50/50 chance you might receive one labeled Santro, spelled with an "a," instead—a less functional knock-off. If you get one a legitimate one, reviewers say it works great and your hats/scarves/whatever come out perfectly. But if you received a bad one, it skips stitches, or the row counter breaks, or the crank is hard to turn, or it jams, or all of the above!

In fact, the more I investigated the offerings on Amazon, this seemed to be the case with most of these cheaply-made knitting machines—they all looked basically identical, but with different company names slapped on the side—and the reviews stated there was a solid chance you’d receive a broken one, or one that would break in short order. I was really eager to try one, though, so I did a bunch of research and settled for the next best thing I could find to the always-out-of-stock Addi: the (unfortunately named) Jamit Knitting Machine, a 48-needle circular knitting machine. With an average rating of 4.1 from nearly 800 reviews, it seemed like a reasonable gamble for $90.

How do you use a the Jamit knitting machine machine?

Row counter with ball of lavender yarn on the left and the yarn being fed into the machine with the hooks on the right

Credit: Reviewed / Melissa Rorech

It's really simple. You feed the yarn into the machine by hand for the first row, set the tension, then crank the lever. The machine knits the yarn around and around, creating a cylinder that will become your hat. Once you get to a good length—based on my favorite YouTube knitting machine tutorial, I found about 120 rows makes a good-size cozy hat—you snip about a foot of yarn from the ball you’ve been working from. From there, you thread the new end of the yarn into a big plastic needle included with the machine, and poke it through the loops left on the machine's hooks, and slowly crank to collect the loops onto your yarn tail. Then you pull the needle, tightening the stitches together and cinching one end to form the top of the hat— voila!

If it sounds confusing, don’t worry—there are a ton of YouTube knitting machine videos that break it down super easily. You can also find a plethora of patterns and projects, like scarves, socks, and even gloves, if you want to get more advanced. For bigger projects like sweaters that have more parts, you knit panels of the different sections and sew them together using that big plastic needle. Just make sure to use a light-weight yarn—nothing past a 3-4 weighted yarn—or it won't fit in the machine properly and get all clogged up.

What I like about the Jamit knitting machine

Credit: Reviewed / Melissa Rorech

I absolutely love my knitting machine. It’s so cool, and honestly, a great arm workout. The last needle in the row is a different color from the rest so you always know when you hit the end of a row, a nice visual cue, especially when you’re making something flat, like a scarf. The row counter keeps track as the project grows, which I relied on to count each time I went around a loop when making the cylinder that becomes a hat. All you have to do is crank the lever and keep an eye on things to make sure the yarn is being caught by the needles, which look more like a crochet hook at their tips. Once you get the hang of the action, it becomes almost mindless—you can listen to a podcast, chat with friends, even watch TV, and make a hat in less than an hour.

Within my first week of having it, I made five hats. Granted, some of them weren’t the prettiest as I was still figuring things out, but it was such an improvement to when I was knitting them by hand. It’s so easy to use that I showed my roommates (who don’t knit) how to use it and they had fun helping me crank out a hat, too. I have a giant stash of yarn in my room I’ve collected over the years and telling myself that I’d use eventually but never did. Now I can! I’ve donated 10 of the hats I’ve made so far and plan to make a ton more throughout the spring and summer to give out to local homeless shelters once next fall comes around and it starts getting cold again. If I get really good, I could even start selling them—or at least giving them to friends and family as gifts.

What I don't like about the Jamit Knitting Machine

Yarn stuck on hook

Credit: Reviewed / Melissa Rorech

While I love my knitting machine and the results I’ve had, it has not been without some serious issues. For starters, the first machine I received in the mail was one of the "bad" ones I mentioned earlier. It started its downward demise after just two sessions of me fiddling with it when my first project was about the equivalent length of just a headband: The row counter just stopped working, so when I would go around a loop, the numbers wouldn’t go up and the crank became really hard to turn. I figured that I could just eyeball the size of the hat without knowing exactly how many rows I made, and I was able to, er, crank out two hats. But as I kept using it, the crank got harder and harder to turn, and every round it would make a horrible screeching sound when the row counter tried to turn but couldn’t. I felt like it might snap off with every turn of the crank. Nonetheless, I soldiered on, until on my fifth hat, one of the needles just snapped off. I guess it could technically still knit, but I went from 48 needles to 47 so there would always be a gap where that stitch was skipped in every row of any future hat I made. You can buy replacement needles in case this happens, but as my machine was less than a week old, I was still well within the time period of being able to return it. I requested a replacement from Amazon (for free), hoping that my new one would be one of the “good” ones.

The new one arrived only two weeks ago. I’ve used it to make three hats so far; it’s much better and probably not a lemon—but it still has its hiccups. The mechanisms crank more smoothly, but the needles get stuck with the yarn at times, so I have to push the yarn over it with my fingers to prevent the needle from becoming tangled (which could lead to breakage). But the row counter is working great so far ... fingers crossed it stays that way.

Other complaints: The suction cups on the feet that are supposed to stick to the surface of whatever I put it on (table, floor, desk) for stability never worked on either machine. So when I’m knitting, I have to use my right hand to crank it and my left hand to hold the machine in place, which gets annoying and tiring. What’s more, there’s no real way to switch hands while cranking (lefties, take note!). I don’t want just my right arm to get jacked from making hats, but it’s really hard to use your left hand with the crank located on the right side of the machine. You could theoretically turn the machine around and crank from the backside with your left hand, but then you wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on the tension as the yarn feeds through, which is crucial to get even results on your project. If your ball of yarn doesn't leave enough slack or unwind smoothly enough, the yarn will snap out of the tension holder and potentially break the machine, or at least botch up your project a little. As you can tell, there's a lot of little nuances to watch out for to make sure the machine won't break—but honestly, to me, it's worth it.

Should you get a knitting machine?

I'm wearing the lavender hat I was making / several hats I made on the knitting machine / a closeup of the knitting machine

Credit: Reviewed / Melissa Rorech

If you love the idea of knitted items but don't want to go through the effort of actually learning how to knit, then yes. Even if you do know how to knit already, if you have any reason to make hats or socks or any tubular knitted items in bulk, this is perfect for you. That seems kind of specific, but think about how much easier making gifts for friends and family around the holidays will be (not to mention the donation potential, which of course was my main reason for taking the plunge). But if you’d prefer to knit by hand and don’t really care about how long it takes—you’re just doing it for the relaxing meditation of it—then you may enjoy the traditional manual method better. A knitting machine is meditative, but I definitely wouldn't call it relaxing (though you get the benefit of a slight arm workout).

If you go for it, be aware of the potential issues of the non-Addi models out there and make sure that whichever machine you order, you can return or replace it if it doesn’t work. Then once you receive it, try it out right away to see if it’ll break—you don’t want to wait until it’s too late to realize you have a badly made one and the return period has lapsed.

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Sentro Knitting Machine Review

GUYS! Do you like the look of knitting, but it hurts your hands? For all my OG crocheters out there does knitting take you FOREVER? I have a fantastic solution...get a knitting machine. It is seriously game changing, especially for anyone doing market prep!

Now I know the most popular brand at the moment for knitting machines is the Addi, but it is not your only option. The Addi, with it hefty price tag, is obviously top of line, however there are way more affordable options out there that work just fine!My first venture into the world of more affordable knitting machines was one by Loops & threads. It worked perfectly except it only had 40 needles which resulted in tiny items. This is perfect for baby/children's items, but I was looking for a machine that could handle adult sized items. So I returned the Loops & threads machine and I am now using the Sentro knitting machineand I am obsessed. It has 48 needles and makes perfect adult sized items.

It takes some searching online to find good resources on how to use these knitting machines and what yarns work best so in today's post I will share my experiences and tips i've learned thus far.

My first stop was to Taylor Lynn's Crochet blog& YouTube channel. Taylor has some great tutorials on how to her twisted headbands and bonfire beanie's (a double layered slouchy beanie). Taylor uses the Addi machine, but these patterns work perfectly fine on my Sentro machine. I had to do some tweaking for yarns other then Caron Simply Soft (more on that to follow), but don't be discouraged if  you see a pattern for the Addi, you can 100% make it on a non-addi machine. The way all these machines work are basically the same, the price tag comes down to the actual build quality of the machines. Yes the Addi is made from materials that are more sturdy and will likely last a long time, but a more affordable machine will work the exact same (it will just be plastic as opposed to metal and wont hold up as long over time).

Let's start by looking at the Twisted headbands. I tried Taylor's pattern in 4 different yarns:

1)Caron Simply Soft

This is what the pattern calls for and honestly, spoiler alert, is by far the best yarn to use with a knitting machine. I followed the pattern exactly except for the tension. The sentro like most knitting machines has 3 levels of tension. I find the sentro does best when on medium or high tension. For Caron Simply Soft medium tension works best.

2)Loops & Threads Impeccable

This is a medium weight 4 yarn and it worked, I just had to increase the number of rows from 75 to 95. It turned out, but was not as nice as the one made with Caron Simply Soft

3)Bernat Softee baby

This yarn was amazing. A close second if not tied for first place with Caron Simply Soft. It works up the exact same as Caron Simply Soft. It is a light weight 3 yarn though so I used the tightest tension, but 75 rows came out the same size as Caron Simply Soft on medium tension.

4)Lion bran Vanna's Choice

This is another medium weight 4 yarn. It was softer then the Loops & Threads Impeccable, but not my favorite. Like the Loops & Threads Impeccable it needed an extra 20 rows to fit comfortably.

Conclusion: #1 Caron simply softwith medium tension followed closely by Bernat Baby softee on the tightest tension. Coming in third place is Vanna's choice, with (sorry) Loops & Threads Impeccable last.

Moving on to the bonfire beanie pattern:

1)Caron simply soft

Again worked absolutely perfectly on medium tension.

2)Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn

Worked way BETTER then I anticipated! This yarn is a bit fluffy so it needed to be on the loosest tension, but it worked up so well. I kept the row count the same (110) and was a perfect fit. The color changes in this yarn are beautiful and I was so pleased with the result. I didn't love crocheting with this yarn where it is kind of fluffy so I was so happy to have a use for it.

3)Red Heart super saver

I had a bunch of random medium weight 4 yarn laying around and figured I'd try it. It worked but like the Loops & Threads Impeccable it was a tad stiff. What I did for this hat though was I switched yarn colors at the half way mark (Row 55) making it a reversible beanie!!! I love this and plan to make some more reversible beanies (just with better yarn lol)

4)Loops & Threads Shabby Boho

Again like Loops & Threads Impeccable it was a bit rough for my tastes, but it worked fine. Sizing was fine on medium tension, just did't have a nice slouch to it.

5)Bernat Baby Softee

Like with the twisted headband it worked fantastically. It is soft and has a perfect amount of slouch.

Conclusion: Top yarns again were Caron Simply Soft, Bernat Baby Softee & Lion Brand Scarfie yarn.

So what did I take from my little experiment...  Well one knitting machines cut down on your knitting time drastically lol. A twisted headband now takes me like 25 minutes total. I LOVE the look of knit wear, but it hurts my hands to much so I am very happy to have a way to enjoy "knitting" without the pain. The best yarns were clearly Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Baby. This however is based on personal preference. All the yarns I tried so far worked, they just had different textures and held their shape differently. I prefer the nice soft drape of the Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Baby.

I have not yet ventured into the realm of flat panel knitting, but plan on writing another post about it when I do. I think knitting machines are a great tool, especially for anyone planning on doing markets. If you can afford or want to spend the money on an Addigo for it, but if you can't don't fear there are options out there for you to enjoy. I personally LOVE my sentroand I am so happy with it.Whatever machine you choose just make sure it has a row counter. The first machine I got (the Loops & Threads one) did not and I didn't even think about being something important until I started in aha. I hope this was helpful to anyone who has been wondering about knitting machines.

My suggestions for other online knitting machine resources are:
Taylor Lynn's Crochet Blog
Taylor Lynn's Youtube Channel
Yay for yarn Youtube Channel(she has so many tutorials!!!)

Yarns mentioned in this post can also be found on

Happy Making :)


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There is a question that I have noticed coming up in crochet circles from time to time. It’s the question of whether or not a machine can make crochet. The answer is that although there is such a thing as a crochet machine, there is not a machine that can replicate handmade crochet as you and I know it.

There is such a thing as a crochet machine. The most well-known example are the crochet machines that are crafted by COMEZ, a manufacturer that also produces other types of needlework machines such as weaving needle looms. These machines are produced on a large scale for the textile industry. I first learned about these machines earlier this year when Textile World announced that the founder of the company had passed away at the age of 86.

The crochet machines created by COMEZ are also known as “warp knitting machines”. They have multiple needles that each correspond to a specific thread and they work together to create a crochet-like fabric that is said to be highly “drape-able”. However, as anyone who crochets knows, there are no needles in crochet work (except for the ones used to weave in ends!) and therefore this really isn’t anything like true handmade crochet.

To date, there are no machines that can replicate the type of crochet that we do by hand. This makes crochet unique. There are knitting machines that can make knit items on a large scale to be sold in stores. The same is not true of crochet. If you see crochet in a store then you should know that the item was made by hand by someone in the world. It wasn’t made by a machine.


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How to Wash a Knit or Crochet Hat

Knit hats or stocking caps are one of the best choices for keeping your head warm in the winter and can be quite stylish as well. Since they are worn directly next to the scalp and face, frequent washing is important to keep the caps looking and smelling fresh.

How you wash your knit cap depends on the construction and fiber content of the yarn.

Know Your Knit

If your knit cap was purchased in the United States from a commercial manufacturer, there will be a fabric care label inside as required by law. This label will have washing and drying instructions and tell you the type of yarn used to make the cap.

If your grandmother or best friend handmade the cap, ask them about the fiber content of the yarn. Is it cotton, wool, or acrylic yarn?

  • Superwash wool can be hand or machine washed on the gentle cycle in cold water.
  • Regular wool must be washed by hand in cold water; Otherwise, the fibers may felt (matt and shrink).
  • Cotton, linen, and ramie yarn can be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle using either cold or warm.
  • Acrylic and other synthetic yarns can be washed in with your regular laundry.
  • Unknown fiber content items should be hand washed in cold water and laid flat to dry.

With any type of knit or crocheted cap, always remove any embellishments like ribbons, flowers, or pins, if possible, before washing. If the embellishments cannot be removed, ALWAYS hand wash the cap. Sequins and jewels can be damaged in a washer, even on the gentle cycle.

How to Wash a Synthetic Fiber Cap

Caps that are made from synthetic fibers like acrylic or synthetic blends can be machine washed. Turn the hat inside out and always use the washer's gentle cycle and cool water. Allow the hat to air dry to prevent shrinking and reduce pilling. The cap should be dried flat, not hung on a line, to reduce stretching and pulling.

Before washing, check the hat completely for any loose threads, snags, or ripped seams which can get worse during washing. Do not pull the threads! Instead, make repairs and fix any snags.

How to Wash a Natural Fiber Cap

Knit or crocheted hats that are made from natural fibers like wool, cotton, or flax, or from a blended yarn of the fibers should be hand-washed in cool water. For wool fibers, choose a detergent formula developed just for wool that contains lanolin, such as Eucalan. Lanolin is a natural oil produced by sheep and helps preserve wool fibers and increases the water-resistance of wool.

Hand-washing may seem like a lot of trouble, but for a handmade or expensive natural fiber cap, it is worth the effort and doesn't take long.

  • Gently agitate the knitted item in the soapy water. Never wring or scrub.
  • Drain the sink and add fresh, cold water for rinsing. Repeat this process until all the water is clear and free of suds.
  • Support the item from underneath as you transfer it to a dry towel.
  • Gently squeeze to remove excess water and lay item flat on a dry, absorbent towel and roll up in the towel, pressing firmly as you roll. Do not wring the towel.
  • To dry, lay a bath towel on a flat surface. Place the knitted cap on the dry towel and reshape it into its original shape. Pat it into shape; avoid tugging or pulling. 
  • Allow the cap to dry completely, turning over several times.

Looking Fuzzy?

To remove fuzzy pills or balls from knitted caps, you can either carefully snip them off with manicure scissors, use a clothing-shaver meant for the purpose, or gently pass a shaving razor across the pilled surface. Pills don't have to end the life of your hat!

Head Lice and Knit Caps

Head lice happen and knit caps often get shared at school or daycare. For machine-washable hats, use the hottest water temperature setting on your washer and launder as usual. Tumble in the dryer at a high temperature for at least 20 minutes to ensure the insects are dead.

For wool caps that cannot be washed in hot water, there are two ways you can take care of the problem at home. One is the one week quarantine. Place the items in a plastic bag and seal the bag tightly for one week. After a week, vacuum each item to remove dead lice or take them outside for a good shake, then hand wash. Or, use your freezer. Adult lice cannot live if subjected to extremely cold temperatures. Infested items can be bagged and frozen (must be below 32 degrees) for four hours.

Whatever method you use, be diligent. Head lice can be stubborn and you may need to take precautions for several weeks to be sure that you have gotten rid of every single one.

How to Store Knitted Caps

Knitted caps should always be thoroughly cleaned before storing them away. Avoid hanging knitted caps from hooks which can cause their shape to be distorted and even stress fibers to break. Instead, fold or roll gently and store in a covered container.


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