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Designer Hat

Designer Hat 

Description: This Designer Hat features a rounded top and a decorative brim with small triangles. You can also use this Macrame design as a basket.

I recommend you use cord material that's not excessively flexible, or it won't hold it's shape.  I used Bonnie Braid in the example shown. 

These instructions are written for a medium size, 28 inches around with a 1.5-inch brim.  I provided you with cord measurements if you wish to make a smaller or larger hat. 

This is an easy project, suitable for beginners.  If you are new to Macrame, be sure to practice the decorative knots listed below, before you try making this custom hat.

Supplies Needed:
  • 4mm Cord Material (114 yards)
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Fabric Glue
  • Tape Measure
Knots Used:


Preparation and Mounting

Step 1:  For a medium size hat (28 inches around x 5 inches tall), cut 56 cords, each 2 yards long. 

Cut one holding cord 36 inches long.

  • For a 24-inch hat, cut 48 cords, 2 yards long.
  • For a 32-inch hat, cut 64 cords, 2.5 yards long.
  • For a Designer Hat above or below these sizes, simply increase or decrease as needed (2 cords per inch).

Make sure the number of cords you cut is a multiple of 4 (36, 40, 44, etc.).

Prepare the ends with tape, to prevent unraveling.

Fold Cord in Half

Secure the holding cord to your board horizontally, making sure it's taut.

Fold one of the 2-yard cords in half, and place it under the holding cord, so it rests near the middle.

Larks Head Knot

Step 2: To complete the Larks Head knot, bring the ends over the holding cord, heading downward. 

Pass them under the folded area.  Tighten firmly.

Half Hitches

Step 3: Tie a Half Hitch with each end by bringing the cord over - under the holding cord.

As you bring it down, it should pass over the cord you are working with.

Step 4:  Repeat steps 1 - 3, mounting the remaining cords to the holding cord.

Work from the middle moving towards the ends.

There should be an equal amount of cords both directions.

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Creating the Brim

Step 1:  To create the brim for your Designer Hat, select the first 8 cords and mentally number them 1 - 8 (left to right).

Each of the triangle shaped designs are made with 8 cords, so divide them up now, before you get started. 

SK with One Filler

Tie a Square Knot with cords 2 - 4.  There is only one filler - cord 3.   Tighten it firmly so it rests against the mounting knots.

Do the same with cords 5 - 7.  The filler is cord 6.

Third Knot - 2 Fillers

Step 2: Tie another Square Knot below the first two, using cords 3 - 6 (two fillers -- 4 and 5).

Tighten it firmly, so it rests against the knots above.

Holding Cord 1

Step 3: Move cord 1 along the left edge of the three knots, which form a triangle.  Secure it so it's taut, since it's a holding cord.

Attach cords 2 - 4 to it with Double Half Hitches.

Holding Cord 8

Step 4:  Move cord 8 along the right edge of the triangle, and secure it.  Attach cords 5 - 7 to it with DHH.

Make sure you do not attach holding cord 1, or the design will be lopsided.

Detail of Triangle

Step 5:  Cross the holding cords (1 and 8), and spread all the cords out so you can see them clearly.

Tie a Square Knot with cords 4, 8, 1, and 5.  Cords 8 and 1 are the fillers.  Tighten it firmly, so the knot rests below the point of the triangle.

Step 6: Repeat steps 1 - 5, making another triangle with the next 8 cords.

Make Another Triangle

Tie a SK with cords 6 and 7 from the first triangle, as well as 2 and 3 from the second.  

Tighten it so it
lines up with the SK under each triangle.

Step 7:  Repeat steps 1 - 6 with the other groups of cords.

When you get to the last triangle shape for your Designer Hat, you need to link it to the first one, to form a circle.

Start by turning the brim of the Designer Hat design upside down, since the front of the triangles are on the inside of the hat right now.  

Remember that the brim will be folded, so the directions are reversed. 

You can see this in the image below, which shows the back of the triangles, where you will be working.

First and Last Triangles

Tie a SK with cords 2 and 3 from the first triangle, along with 6 and 7 from the last one. 

This is just like what you did in step 6, only the cords come from each end of the brim design.

Locate the ends of the holding cord used in the mounting process. Tie one Overhand knot, add glue, and tie a second one on top of the first. 

Trim the ends to 2 inches, and weave them under the mounting knots, applying glue to hold them in place.

Remember they should be in the back of the triangles, not the front.

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Top Portion of Designer Hat

Step 1: To make the top portion, you will tie rows of Alternating Square knots using four cords per knot (2 working cords, 2 fillers). 

It's best to start at the area where the two ends were joined in step 7, and go all the way around.  Then alternate the cords for the next row. 

Keep the brim inward as you create the hat.

Mentally number each set of four cords.  Cords 1 and 4 are the working cords, with 2 and 3 as the fillers. 

To alternate for the next row, combine 3 and 4 with 1 and 2 from the next knot over.  This way the new knot will rest between the two above it.

Step 2: Stop tying ASK when Designer Hat measures at least 7 inches from the lower edge of the brim, to the row of knots you are working on. 

Remember, the brim will be folded, and you still have a few more rows to tie for the top surface.   

Three Sets of Cords

Step 3: Select 12 cords coming from three ASK.

Mentally label each set of four cords A, B, and C.

Push the four cords from set B to the inside of the Designer Hat.

Omit Four Cords

Step 4: Use cords 3 and 4 from set A (left), with cords 1 and 2 from set C (right). 

Tie a tight SK with these four cords, across the space left by the cords you pushed inside. 

Tighten firmly.  This will make the top of the hat more rounded.

Step 5: Repeat step 4, dropping every other knot by pushing it inside.  This will tighten the top of the Designer Hat.

After you have gone all the way around, repeat steps 3 and 4 two more times. When you are through, push the remaining cords to the inside.

Step 6:  Turn the hat inside out.  Remember that the front of the triangles are the inside, so they will be seen along the lower edge while you are working on this step.

Using two cords at a time, from different knots, tie 2 very tight Overhand knots.

If there are any large spaces, try to go across the gap by choosing cords from either side of it. Tie one knot, add fabric glue, and tie a second knot next to the first.

Trim the ends after tying the knots.  Since the cords have tape on the ends, you can simply cut it off to know which cords have been used.  

After all the knots are tied, allow the glue to dry and cut off the excess material.

Designer Hat

Turn the brim of the Designer Hat to the outside, folding it at the tip of the triangles.

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