I got a naalbinding book at the beginning of lockdown. Thus began my adventures into naalbinding. After messing with it for a few months, I decided my first big project would be a hat.
(I don’t have a head form so please enjoy the pumpkin model )
The book had a few sets of instructions for making a hat, but this book also really encourages just winging it. So that’s what I decided to do It basically said that a hat is just making bigger and bigger circles until it fits on your head, if it starts looking all wavy you’ve increased too quickly and if it starts looking like a plate instead of curving up you haven’t increased enough. The hat ended up a little too big but that’s not really a big deal.
I tried several different threads/yarn for the kinda Viking inspired brim embroidery. I ended up making some yarn into cordage to make it thicker/more textured.
Now, you might be thinking, this is a very non-Viking looking hat. There’s good reason for this, this is the hat with my winter coat.