(T)Hat again

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This is the first sewing project I am presenting here – and it is the first one for a very long time! I used to sew as a teenager and later a little bit on an off, but I did not touch a sewing pattern for over twenty years. While I was pregnant with my first boy six years ago I did sew two dresses, using a sewing machine a friend had found on the street (literally). Let’s just say this machine sewed…. and I didn’t have a pattern, I was basically cutting the dresses free hand. I did wear them, though. The fabrics I got from a great little store in Newark, NJ, they are really nice African prints and one day I think I will undo the dresses and transform them into something proper.

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But today I wanted to show you the hat I made (I borrowed my neighbour’s sewing machine – Thank you!). Most hats are either too big or too short for my little one, so that they are either too loose or don’t cover forehead and ears. This pattern is great! It is an eBook from Klimperklein. I made the hat 1cm longer. The fabric outside is stretch jersey and inside sweat, both from a local fabric store. Would I sew it again? Bet ya!

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From hat to toe

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I am still without a sewing machine. I am all set up to start sewing again and I hope that I will have again a machine sometime after easter… Meanwhile I pick up the knitting needles whenever time allows. My favorite projects are small things, which I can finish in one or two evenings, like – hmm – hats!  Here are two I made for my boys.

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This one is a double layer hat. This is a great technique for a warm hat with a patters. Both layers are knitted in parallel on one set of needles and two threads on the finger, the loops alternate between front and back layer. The pattern is realized by just switching the threads from front to back layer and vise versa when the color in the pattern changes. The leave pattern on the hat is inspired by a pattern I saw on a headband, unfortunately I don’t remember the source.

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And this is Kirsten Kapur’s Thorpe Hat (free pattern!). This hat is a great hat for kids and knitted from the top downwards! Thanks to the wonderful instructions, this is a fun and quick knit! The orange-green hats are wool, and the right hat is cotton (I don’t remember the brands).