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stretching a hat
« on: 29 Dec 15 / 01:54 PM »
Hi folks, hope you have all had a nice xmas (or whatever you celebrate). Just wondering if anybody knows if there is a way of stretching out knitted acrylic hats? Someone bought me a gorgeous knitted turban for chrimbo but it's waaaaaay too small for my enormous head.

I did contemplate pulling the seam at the back out and crocheting an extra couple of rows but this would mean buying a crochet hook, some wool and remembering how to crochet so stretching might be easier! (would maybe work better if I could knit but it just seems to be beyond me to learn! )
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Re: stretching a hat
« Reply #1 on: 29 Dec 15 / 06:21 PM »
My mom always puts clothes that need stretching in a bucket of water with fabric softener. She leaves them for an hour and then stretches them and leaves them to dry. You could get one of those polystyrene heads and leave it to dry on that.
 

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Re: stretching a hat
« Reply #2 on: 29 Dec 15 / 07:18 PM »
I have those polystyrene heads (to display my head jewellery) and they are tiny. I wish they were closer to life sized lol
A balloon would be a better choice, you could blow it up to the same size as your head.
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Re: stretching a hat
« Reply #3 on: 30 Dec 15 / 08:50 PM »
Certain shops sell different sized heads. My OH bought a large one for a costume wig as mine was too small but they can be quite difficult to find. I am not sure where he bought it.

A balloon is a great suggestion though as you can control the size yourself. I had never thought of that.
 

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Re: stretching a hat
« Reply #4 on: 30 Dec 15 / 10:46 PM »
Put a couple of hats on the poly head. It's surprising how much bigger it'll make the size of the head. It's one of the ways hat makers make a block (the form you make a hat on) larger if you don't have several sizes.
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Re: stretching a hat
« Reply #5 on: 03 Jan 16 / 01:13 AM »
ta for all the excellent suggestions - I did have one of those polystyrene heads but I made it into Ornacia off drag race and my friends kids claimed her! I may have to get another one off ebay and pile up my hats on it as Janine suggests to make it the right size. It'd prob be a pretty cute way of storing my various hats anyway!  I've had a proper look and I may need to undo the back seam a little as it seems to go way tighter at the opening for some weird reason.
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