These clever no-stitching-required hats are slightly small for the troublemaking tortles. Good thing I didn’t wait longer to make them!
Warning: Be prepared for a ridiculous number of hat-wearing tortle photos after the hat-making photos.
These hats were super easy to make, but not as quick as I had thought they would be. Cutting the toilet paper roll, cutting the yarn pieces, and tying the yarn onto the roll were easy. But trimming the yarn to create the pom-pom took a while. I had forgotten how much trimming is needed for a nice round, fluffy pom-pom!
I used a fine-tooth comb to tease apart the plies of yarn for a fluffier pom-pom. The peachy pom-pom has all of the yarn teased apart; the blue one has only half teased apart. Next time, I’m going to stick with teasing apart only half the yarn; the peachy pom-pom is too frazzled for me. The pom-poms don’t quite go 360 degrees because I physically could not tie them any tighter. One hundred strands of yarn (literally!) is a lot!
I used 50 pieces of yarn for each hat. For the blue and white hat, I cut each piece of yarn to about 14 inches, per the goodknits instructions. But since a really big pom-pom requires much more yarn than these hats can comfortably use, I found 14 inches to be excessive and rather wasteful. So for the second hat, I cut each piece of yarn to about 13 inches, which was more than adequate. In fact, 12 to 12.5 inches would probably be enough. In any case, each hat needs about 18 yards of yarn.
I chose to keep the knots visible at the bottom of the hat brims. Rolling them inside the hat would be more realistic, but I like the nice edge the knots create.
Despite what Kirby thinks, it is still very cold and wintery outside. What better way to stay warm than to dress tortles in fluffy pom-pom hats?