This is a cute little project that I tried with plastic wire. This woven hat was made with plastic wire that is traditionally used to weave baskets in India.
Cut 15 wire pieces. Each is 2 meters long.
Now we will start adding the cut pieces to the running wire. Allow 1 meter on the left, fold a cut piece and make box knot / square knot. Tutorial for box knot / square knot is here.
This first line will be the middle line. Future lines will be adding equally on both sides of this line.
Repeat this process 14 more times. Allow 1 meter on the right side also and cut the running wire.
Important: The first line has to be the middle line. Add 7 lines above it and 7 lines below it.
We now have a woven square that is 15 knots tall and 15 knots wide. Measure and see if this fits the head.
Next step is to add the running wire and turn corners like we did in this basket.
Allow 3 inches and start making knots with running wire. When going around the corner, you will see a triangle forming.
All 4 corners should have a triangle. This means you have turned the corner correctly.
Continue adding more rows going around the square. Do this for more rows till you get the desired depth.
I stopped with 3 rows because this hat is for winnie the pooh stuffed toy. A deeper hat will hide his face. For human head, more rows will be required for extra depth.
I also added a row of pink.
Now we are ready to add the rim of the hat. The rim needs more wires. We will be adding 1 meter long wires at regular intervals. The wire will be folded into half and added between the existing knots.
Fold the wire into half and insert it into two knots like shown below.
Pull all the way through and it is now secured.
We now have 4 wires coming out of 2 knots.
And when we make knots with the running wire, we will be making 4 knots instead of 2. Continue making rows of knots with the running wire.
Note the increase.
I skipped 3 knots and added additional wires as this is only for a toy and not humans. To get a wavier rim, add more wires (You can add additional wires in alternate knots and the hat will be very pretty).
After 2 rows.
Add rows till brim reaches desired length.
After 6 rows, I finished with a row of knots with pink wire to give it a pretty edge.
Tuck in the excess wire.
Pretty and stylish woven hat ready.