When the weather started turning cold, I needed to find Levi a warm winter hat to wear for his days spent outside. I figured I could make one easy enough and just started crocheting in the round, hoping it would begin to look like a hat. I kept plopping it down on his head at various stages along the way to make sure I was keeping the size close to his head. He chose the colors himself from my bin of scrap yarn. He was pretty happy when it was complete and that he had his own handmade mama hat! Well, the other (uh-hum) “big boy” in the house, aka Daddy, started dropping hints about how his current hat was all ratty and worn. Hmm, maybe he wanted a handmade mama hat too? So, lo and behold, Daddy got his own hat. And how could I forget little Calvin? I knew it would be a futile attempt to keep it on his head without a chin strap, but I forged ahead nonetheless. (He hasn’t worn it once…it will go right into his baby box. Next year…chin strap.)
After making my boys’ hats, I wanted to make something a bit more girly. Luckily, I have 3 adorable nieces! For this hat, I actually followed a pattern (Floral Hats | crochet today) which I am just starting to learn how to do. It was easy enough…basically a granny-square in the round. I augmented the pattern by adding the scalloped trim on the bottom.
Currently, I have three hats in progress…one for myself, a gift for my aunt in Chicago (who facebooked me saying, “I need a warm hat!”) and a last minute gift for a friend from Canada who has been staying with us this past week. He just came right out and said, ‘I want a hat!!”…so I got to working on one for him that very night. Look’s like my aunt and I will have to wait. Since he’s here, I’d like for him to be able to take it back home with him on the flight, so the race is on. I still have yet to put in the brim, but everything else is finished.
Making these hats has been a nice little side project from some of the other larger, more complex things I am working on. It’s been fun to follow patterns and learn new stitches too…and who doesn’t want a warm (and stylish) head in this cold, rainy season?