1. Great tips. I also have one, whipper snipper line. Have tried mountains of things and nothing worked the way i wanted it to, then i was in the hardware store for something else and saw the whipper snipper line and a light bulb went off and i coundn’t believe i hadn’t thought of it before. Works great.

    1. Tammy, can you tell me more about it? It sounds really interesting. I have never heard of anyone else using that. Do you have a picture to share or some details? I’d love to include that in the post with credit to you!

    2. Oh! A string trimmer (US brand: Weed Wacker) plastic cord! Brilliant! I wonder if I can find it to match my yarn?!?! Thanks! Great tip!

  2. Thanks so much for this post. I’m making an amigurumi for the first time, and want to make him a fedora but I’m not sure what to do to have the top keep the shape. I was thinking of starch, but I’m sure it will need to be washed at some point. Do you think the glue will come off in the wash? I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    1. Hi Adler,

      Thank you so much for commenting. Yes, the glue would come off and not just in washing but while handling too. My personal experience with making hats that need a thick edge is to use a smaller needle and single crochet. I have switched to using some stiffer yarn like Anchor (size 20) or something like that too. I have used this method for visors on caps. Another thing you can do is to work on fishing line while doing just that part of the hat. If you don’t have experience with working with fishing line, don’t worry it is very easy. Just carry the line around each row working over it. You are not working WITH it. Just sort of weaving it in so that the brim gets stiff. This won’t wash off.

      Hope that helps. Happy Crocheting. <3

  3. I crocheted a crown and can find NO instructions for stiffening it online. It is round and tall, basically a cylinder. Do you have any recommendations?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi! Have you tried working a fishing line into it? Any thin plastic wire would do too but I have found nothing comes finer than fishing line. Just work over the line carrying it into your work.

      You could stiffen it by painting/soaking it with PVA glue too. But it may wash off if you decide to wash it. I have seen some ladies soak items in glue and then shape it as it dries…

  4. Thanks for your reply. It is #10 thread and the design is too intricate for threading a line. I just want to know what I can use to hold it in place to stiffen and dry.

    1. Could you try spraying with starch a few times? Let it dry in between… I’ve had success stiffening a lace tatting project this way. I just sprayed starch (the type you use before ironing clothes) and dried it. Repeated I think 5-6 times.

  5. I’ve read of a product called stiffy made by Plaid. Haven’t used it yet myself and I don’t know how different it is from white glue/water though mod podge fans will tell me! No I don’t work for the company, I just love crafts! Its supposed to be good at this? Thanks for your excellent ideas and for sharing them ?

    1. That’s so cool! I didn’t know about Plaid. Thanks Alison. Now I want to find out more… 😀

  6. Hello. Thanks for r the tips. I am making a hat using 24/7 and I am using bits and pieces from multiple patterns. I have used a 6.0 hook and sc for the cap part but I would like to stiffen the brim using both hdc and a smaller hook. How much smaller should my hook be?
    Thank you

  7. Many thanks for this helpful list Aysh. I have bookmarked it for future reference. It’s great to have a variety of methods available for particular crochet projects. I’ve been making crochet spider webs for halloween & was able to use a liquid stiffener product, but I’ve linked to this from the pattern to give people alternatives to try.

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