Ensorcellment noun the act of enchanting, the state of being under a spell
These are absurd. They serve no practical purpose. You cannot wear them (they are tiny and if you tried to scale them up to human size, they would be way too floppy). You cannot do anything even remotely useful with them. I will not pretend that you're going to do anything at all with them other than knit them, set them somewhere cute, and grin helplessly when you see how unspeakably adorable they are. Or possibly, knit them, inflict them on unsuspecting friends and family, and grin helplessly when you see them realize how unspeakably adorable they are.
And if that's enough for you, well then that's grand. We could all use more things that fill us with helpless glee right about now! But if you're wanting me to talk you into believing that they're useful and practical and that they'll solve some problem in your life, I can't quite bring myself to do it.
But my goodness are they ever cute!
The hat is written in four sizes (castons of 63, 81, 99, or 117 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a dense fabric with your chosen yarn (you need a dense fabric to help them stand up on their own)!
I recommend working at something around 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what size your finished hat will be at different gauges and sizes. With that range of sizes and gauges, the outside edge of the brim of the hat (the very widest part) will be between 2.25 and 9.25 inches across (with lots of points in between). I'll mention one more time that these are designed to be decorative and are not intended to be worn by people.
If you're making one of the larger sizes, you may want some wire to reinforce the brim (it's totally optional, but it's easy to find at craft or jewelry stores or online, I link you to the one I used in the pattern, and I got enough to do dozens of hats for under ten dollars). And if you want to do the curled tip like I show on some of mine, you'll want either pipe cleaners or wires to help it hold its shape. Remember, if you use wires in these, they're not safe to give to kids or pets.
These are perfect for you if:
- You find yourself in need of a bit of unabashed glee
- You feel some truly marvelous halloween decorations coming on
- You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
- You're looking for a somber, serious, respectable project you can show off to other people