Crochet Tunisian Hat

Learn how to crochet this exquisite hat/beanie.

In the old days when you went shopping, your purchases were wrapped in brown paper and held together with string. Today, we have boxes and bags that we trade with and tape to hold pieces of paper together, but that doesn't mean that string has survived it's useful.

String, yarn, string, rope, it all comes in long lengths in a ball, it can all be used for multiple purposes, and it can be made either natural or synthetic fibers that are braided or twisted together. The weights change (string is thin, for example, while rope is thick), but the basic idea does not. Jute, flax, cotton, hemp, sisal and the like are all forms of natural fibers, while acrylic and nylon are man-made.

So what can we do with this long material? We knit it, crochet it, make jewelry, tie it to other things, make blankets, use it for upholstery, make macramas, weave it into items, cover items with it, the list goes on. We can also use it to manufacture sails for either sailing or craft items, make rugs and mats with it, and even make string images using various colors and lots and lots of pins.

If you are on social media at all, you have probably seen people upcycling old things to new and useful things all by adding string or rope or yarn to them. For example, if you have an old cooking pot that has lost its use in the kitchen, you can recycle it for a plant pot. Just knock some drain holes in the bottom and then glue your choice of rope, yarn or string around it, gluing as you go. The look is fresh and new, you can choose your colors and width of rope and you can make as many as you want. They can be used indoors or outdoors, are weather resistant, and we already know that pots can get wet without worry.

String is still a good thing to use when you need to keep a package secure, and it's also a nice natural look to use when wrapping gifts. You can wrap it around candles for a rustic look, use it in the bathroom to spruce up a waste bin, or if you're really diligent, you can use rope to make a mat to keep your feet warm during the cold winter months. Crafts gone!