Sherlock Holmes’ Deerstalker Hat
For those of you feeling a bit more mysterious, or even ingenious, you can download a free pattern designed by Colleen Sullivan (pictured above) and impress your friends with your elementarily excellent needle-ship. If you’re really really into the idea of solving mysteries, you could try out this advanced-rated pattern with no photo of what the finished product should look like. Are you game enough to find out?
This is, perhaps, one of the most iconic literary hats in history–it’s right in the title! Dr Seuss’ famous Cat in the Hat character wears one of the goofiest hats around, and you’re just a few quick stitches away from joining him. Rebecca Goldsmith has an excellent pattern for sale
at the Desert Diamond Etsy shop that comes with instructions on making the hat in four differnet sizes.
The Mighty Thor and/or Loki
Does this one even need an intro? This hat could practically introduce itself. The funny and ultra-wise Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter series is perfectly captured by Allison Hoffman in this pattern
featuring the Hat’s characteristic face. Though this pattern is only kiddo-sized, the expression on it is too magical not to share.
The Mad Hatter’s Hat
Alice in Wonderland
is one of the most famous pieces of literature of all time, but it’s still firmly entrenched into pop culture. And
it’s got one awesome, unmistakable hat-based character: the Mad Hatter himself. Here’s a free pattern
created by Renske of Fun and Fang, and another for sale on Etsy
designed by Sandy Powers.
Though it isn’t exactly a silly
hat, Willy Wonka’s top hat is definitely an important part of his official outfit. I found one neato pattern by Sharon Mann
that can be adjusted for various head sizes and extra, silly things like crazy hair. Overall, it’s cute, and I could totally
see Mr Wonka rocking a handmade hat to work.
You might not think about Mother Goose much unless you’re a toddler (or the parent of one!), but it’s hard to forget her awesome, pointy hat. This one’s slightly tricky since you don’t want to be mistaken for a witch, but there are also several variations to the overall look and style that you could probably work to your advantage. For the pointy hat-type look, there’s this pattern from Crochet Dynamite
. For the bonnet look, you’re pretty much stuck with patterns for little ones
, but hey: they’re MG’s biggest fans anyway.
Since we included Thor earlier, I’m rounding this off with the Dark Knight himself. Besides, Bats has shown up in plenty of trade paperbacks–and he’s nothing without his hat. Though many excellent hat-making tutorials exist, I narrowed it down to just one, and mainly because the pattern (created by Carm) isn’t for a simple mask – it also straps under the chin. Also, for those of you sultry ladies who want to dress as Catwoman, there’s an equally lovely pattern for her trademark ears, created by Lisa Payne.
That about tops it off! Did I leave anyone out? What other famous, literary characters wear iconic hats that you could make a project out of?