Viking Hat – Tutorial + Pattern

woll hat with fur trim diy

viking hat diy

This wool hat with faux fur brim is made of 6 triangles. It’s simple to make and guaranteed to keep you warm this winter! This is the pattern. Download it here, fit to page and print out in A4 size. To make sure you printed it right there are two little squares on the page that should measure 1×1 inch and 1×1 cm.

pattern preview

The pattern is made to fit my head. I have a rather large head (I think?!) so it should fit most. But, do try out the pattern in a cheaper fabric first to see if it fits. Seam is allowance included in the pattern! :) Another thing to note is that you could add maybe half an inch/one cm to the bottom of the pattern if you want to make a fold at the hat’s brim. I made one on mine and it makes it sturdier.

Maybe I should also add that I have no idea if this is a Viking hat or not. It feels like it is though, and I’m going to go ahead and call it that even though it probably is horrendously historically incorrect. I faintly remember seeing something similar to it in a text book chapter about Vikings in school about 20 years ago, so that should be enough to authenticate it… Right?
However, the rune stone in the background is 100% real. I actually made an effort on the photos in this post and decided to trek out in the snow with my tripod to a local Viking burial/sacrifice site. I think the hat sort of looks like it belongs in the snow on that rock…

For my hat I used charcoal grey wool fabric and a fur trim I took from an old winter jacket. This hat is hand sewn, but of course you can use a machine instead. However, I must say it looks way more medieval, rustic, Game of Thronesy and Hobbit-like when you hand stitch it. For my medieval hand stitching I chickened out and used some regular black acrylic yarn. The hardcore option here would be to use wool yarn in maybe a greyish shade.

viking hat diy supplies

I traced the pattern onto my fabric and cut out 6 pieces.

wool hat cut out pieces

I pinned together the pieces.

pin pieces together

pin pieces together 2

Once I had pinned all pieces I tried out the hat to see if it fit. It did! ;)

all pieces pinned

I used blanket stitch when I sewed the pieces. If you don’t know how to do blanket stitch, there are some great tutorials out there. Google it and you will learn this stitch in about 5 minutes.

stitch hat pieces

blanket stitch hat

This is the fold I was talking about when I said you should add a bit to the bottom of the pattern. Folding up the brim like this will give the hat a better shape and it will be easier to sew on the fur trim.

folded brim

I decided to fold the fur trim double and sew it on like that. If had only used one layer of fur here I think the trim would have looked a bit too thin. The fur trim looks best when it’s thick and fluffy :)

fur trim

Once you’ve attached the fur, the hat is done! I think this pattern could easily be tweaked to include some ear flaps, and maybe add a tie under the chin and make it into a little kid’s hat! How cute would that be?!

While I’m at it, I might as well give you a link to a great crochet tutorial video on youtube. I used it to make the scarf I’m wearing  in the first photo. I am not good at crocheting, but I made the scarf in just two nights and it looks great!

crochet scarf


Comments

Viking Hat – Tutorial + Pattern — 11 Comments

  1. Hi Madeline, for the fur brim did you just measure your head circumference then cut the fur to that length? Also what width did you cut to? Looks to be about 5 or 6 inches total with the fur folded in half based on the picture but wanted to check to be sure. Thanks.

    • Well, I actually just used all the fur I had and It was the perfect length for my head… I’d say pin it on to the hat and -then- cut it off to avoid cutting it off too short. The fur trim I used is just under 12 cm wide.

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  3. Very cute. I don’t see how you sewed the fur on though. Did you stitch the fur, then turn right side out? How attach to the brim? Thanks for sharing this.

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