1) I love the Internet
2) Upcycling is cool now
What is this "upcycling" you ask? It's essentially recycling, but you're (hopefully) making something better than the original product. So, I decided to try upcycling some old sweaters. What if you would actually like to keep your sweaters intact? This is where the thrift store comes in handy. Just don't ask a friend "hey, I need some ugly sweaters to make newborn hats. Can I look through your closet?"
I found knit sweaters with some stretch to be the best for this project. I got the newborn top knot hat pattern from Pretty Prudent Baby . I bought this purple sweater for a whopping $3 at the local thrift store! Since I can sew probably as well as a monkey can, I traced the pattern with a Sharpie before cutting it out. You'll notice that I also extended the top knot because I wanted a longer knot. Also, I turned the sweater inside out so that I didn't draw on the outside.