Compared to other patterns, I feel like there’s a lot less room for remix-ing in a hat pattern, but I also enjoyed that challenge.
The pattern is labelled as a hat for boys, and my first instinct was to switch it up and make a girly version for Lola instead.
I wanted to do something unique for the fabric used, and cut apart a 10 year old turquoise sweater that was a hand me down from one of my sisters. Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it all these years, but cutting it apart felt so great! Unfortunately, I think it also helped to justify my need to keep it all those years… A lightweight cotton was recommended for the lining, but I decided to pull out some chenille that I’ve had in my stash for about 6 years (and apparently Jo-Ann doesn’t carry anymore?!).
I love the combo of the turquoise sweater knit and chenille together, and it’s so comfy for Lola to wear.
As I will do anything to avoid hand stitching, I topstitched around the entire bottom edge, and also topstitched the brim right onto the front of the hat.
I had picked up a whole bag of the metal buttons last May in LA for $1, and was so excited to get to use a couple on the front of the hat. The pattern doesn’t mention adding buttons, but I thought it would be the perfect finishing touch.
The chenille flaps remind me of little bunny ears, and I love how Lola’s little curls peek out over the bottom of the hat.
I made a size 18m/2T for Lola, and it’s plenty roomy to get her through the winter, and probably next winter too. I know it will get a lot of use when we visit Canada next month!
I blogged about the corduroy skinnies here. You can find the Trapper Hat pattern over at Pattern Anthology as part of a couple different pattern bundles, which include some really great patterns for both boys and girls! I was given this pattern in exchange for my participation in the tour, but all opinions in this post are my own :).