The winter hat has ribbing and little crosses and vs on it that you can choose to trace if you want to. The summer hat is left blank for you to stitch as you wish.
The first step is simply outlining the hats using two strands of thread and backstitch, one of my favourite stitches!
For the pink I used Anchor 68 and for the red I used DMC 304. In both cases I keep my stitches fairly small and make sure that they meet perfectly. If they don't I undo and restitch.
The ribbing is just straight stitches and I popped a couple of red straight stitches on the pompom.
I worked the crosses by stitching a single line in one direction then coming back and crossing them.
The vs are done in the same way as the crosses but in cream DMC 842. I also added a couple of cream straight stitches to the pompom.
I backstitched the outline of the pink hat and then the fun part
I started by adding a few french knots, really my favourite thing for embellishing! I have a tutorial over here for french knots
Then I added some more french knots in DMC 304 and some straight stitches to fill the hat
The hats are one of my favourite bits to stitch.
And so onto the hair
For the summer girl I used DMC 842 and for the winter girl I used DMC 779.
I use two strands of thread. I start by outlining the top part of the hair in back stitch (first pic). Next I fill the area with back stitch (second and third pics). The plaits are little v stitches that lead down to the bottom of the plait.
Here is a close up of the stitching. The bottom of the plait is three stitches spreading from the base of the plait.
Once all the plaits are finished I can't help but embellish a little more. The summer girl has DMC 304 french knots in her hair while the winter girl has single stitches to make hairbands and a hair slide (this is great if you really don't like french knots).
For the faces and necks I use a single strand of thread as it adds a bit of delicacy to the stitching. Stitching with a single thread really has to be neat as it can easily look wonky! Again all of this is done in back stitch, although you could use stem stitch and have a slightly thicker line. Sublime stitching has a lovely stem stitch tutorial
This is an arm being back stitched. And don't forget (as I invariably do) to stitch the top of the summer girl's legs above her long socks.
I use two strands for the eyes because I find that one strand can get a little lost with such tiny stitches.
Next Friday stripes and shoes