Gigi’s hats

Sitting in front of the sewing machine on this rainy Saturday morning I set to making the 4th ‘Eddie Cap‘ for Jaengy.  So many people have asked me about this hat I swear I could have sold 100 right off his head… However I have no ambitions of making 100 hats, so I thought I would post where I got the pattern so you can make your own, and give credit where credit is due…  the pattern is another mama’s and you can find it on her blog Mushroom Village.  My versions are a lot less refined; not lined, without a firm brim, and I shortened the brims substantially, but her tutorial is what got me here and for that I am forever grateful.IMG_9794

This hat making journey started because my son was born with a huge fuzzy head.  It still is very large (90%) and he still has very little hair.  This precious nogin seems very important to cover and care, to keep him warm and protect all those developing thoughts.   So I began with my own rendition of a pixie cap when he was a baby, made from the sleeve of an old beloved cashmere sweater from Salvation Army I had worn for years but was developing a hole in a very conspicuous spot– ( though would have been great for winter breast feeding..hehe)….

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He rocked that one for many moons, probably everyday of the first year.

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This one I knit in about an hour was the back up, cute though not as soft.

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When summer came I attempted a little Boy bonnet but improvised my own version and it wasn’t going very well.  I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board when I took him out in public and the guy who runs the local coffee shop said plainly,”What do you have on you son’s head!!”  I couldn’t help but laugh and admit defeat!

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With some serious searching I luckily came across the ‘Eddie Cap’

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This one was made from an old cotton button down of his dad’s and it turned out to be perfect for summer.  After this, I was on a serious re-purposing mission and was lucky enough to come across this handsome wool Pendleton on a thrift store run.

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It looked like it had been shrunk so no grown man could wear it, but it was perfect for us.  I did some made up in the moment moves to leave on the collar, button strip and wrist cuffs.  I just cut off the sleeves and reattached them much closer in.  I then sewed up the sides to fit a 18 month old and hemmed it appropriately.

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I then lined it with an old cashmere robe I had to cut up because wool moths had found it and it made me look pretty sorry wearing it around the house.IMG_7783

Totally inspired from my Pendleton experiment I cut a ripped sleeve off of one of Joel’s Pendletons and made it a short sleeve.

I then whipped up this ‘Eddie’ with the other sleeve.

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Lining it of course with the cashmere robe as well.

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I must admit, I sure was pleased with myself at how warm I kept my little nugget that winter.

FYI, If you find old Pendletons at thrift stores that are nice but size small, they serve perfectly for re-purposing, or you can of course mail them to me and I will use them gladly.  This little boy has many more winters ahead!!

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This hat was the winter back up made from the left over yard from his 1 year sweater( not pictured)

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And of course a matching one for cousin

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Then there was the most recent ‘Eddie‘, which was worn without fail every day this summer, and notice the 2 year old version doesn’t have a chin strap, he is so used to hats now he voluntarily puts it on when we leave the house.  This beauty served us well all summer, though sadly was lost last week.

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So enter the Fall/winter 2013 version….Well I am not done yet, so that will just have to be another post altogether.  But I hope this inspires you all and gives you a  place to start with your own hat adventure.

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