A Bunch of Beanies

The beanie hat is quite popular and comes in many shapes and styles.  I have made a few with this one being one of my favorites.

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This beanie is perfect for winter being made from 23 micron merino in a single herringbone layer with a merino and fiber blend (limited edition 😦 ) on top for texture.  I love the rosettes, but am aware they are not to everyone’s taste.  Therefore, I decided to try making a lightweight beanie that can be worn in the spring and even summer.  I have been watching videos from Katya Vetrova and Irina Panova for inspiration.  There are many ways to felt a beanie and I will tell you what I did for each one.  I recently made 5 in the last week.  None are for sale and three will be gifts.  I started with 40g of wool for each hat, but ended up using less.  I didn’t measure the leftover and I didn’t measure the viscose.

Hat 1:  Birthday present for my daughter-in-law

IMG_0505This hat is reversible and is made with a fine layer of 19micron merino in herringbone layout sandwiched between viscose in cloud layout with sari silk fibers on top.  There is a considerable amount of viscose here which gives great texture and sheen.  It is a bit thicker than I would like, but it is still light and flexible.  I might make another one in these colors to make it thinner.

Hat 2:  Birthday present for youngest son, husband to daughter-in-law.

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This hat is made with a thin layer of viscose on the inside, but only half way.  Lining a hat with a thin cloud of viscose can help with the itch factor, and is nice to see if the brim is folded up.  19 micron merino in herringbone layout with a layer of multicolored viscose on top.  The photo doesn’t do the viscose any favors as the colors are really lovely and subtle.  I used two shades of blue, mint and brown.  This one is thinner than the first one.

Hat 3:  Christmas present for eldest son.  I am getting started early.

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This is the second hat I made as the first one was a complete fail.  Lined half way with viscose in a pale grey, 19 micron herringbone layout and decorated with viscose paper.  The back of the hat is plain wool.  This hat is very thin, light and flexible.  It is shorter than the other two as I modified the template a little bit.  It can be worn with the brim folded under or up, but I like it with the natural edge.  I am not sure if this will fit as I don’t know his head sized and am guessing it is the same as his brother’s.  He still has time to measure his head.  As my boys live in California, they really don’t need heavy hats.  This hat is the thinnest so far.  I like the natural bumpy texture of the wool, which is very soft.

Hat 4: For the hubs.

Firstly, the hubs is bald and has sensitive skin.  He said the first hat I made for him was too itchy.  This is the first hat below.  I think he may have been humoring me by wearing it a few times as I think this style may be a bit out there for him.  I have since sold it!

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The hubs really liked the grey hat I made for my son, so I told him to choose a color.

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It matches his coat! 🙂  I made it the same way as I did the grey hat. Here you can see how it can be worn.  The folds are basically pulled down in the back.  If the bottom of the hat was folded in or up, then you would see the design more.

The viscose paper looks completely different from how it looks on the grey hat, even though it is the same paper.

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Hat 5:  For me!

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This hat uses a combination of design elements from different tutorials.  I also laid the hat out differently this time as I wanted it to shrink more in height.  I lined the hat with a pale pink viscose using more at the bottom.  I could have just laid it out half way and will do that next time I make another beanie as it really isn’t necessary.  I used 19 micron merino in natural white in a fine herringbone layout, but on the horizontal this time. The other hats were laid out on the vertical for more shrinkage in the width. The grass design came from a tutorial for a bag.  I used viscose and mohair yarn.  The Iris decoration came from a scarf tutorial.  I am limited on my bling fibers, but I used Margilan Silk Sparse, silk hankies, viscose, and sari silk fibers. The Irises came out better than I thought, but next time I would only make two, or none at all as you can’t really see the flowers once they are on the head and the hat is folded.  This hat is really thin, and since I can get overheated on dog walks even on the coldest days, I didn’t feel the need to take it off.  I like the natural bumpiness of the fibers and the viscose makes it look like tapestry work.  It is very soft and flexible and light as a feather.  This is now my go-to dog walking hat.  

6 thoughts on “A Bunch of Beanies

  1. Wow great work like the mens hats they have style and are still manly 👍

    On Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 6:31 AM Arlene’s Adventures In Felt wrote:

    > AdventuresInFelt posted: “The beanie hat is quite popular and comes in > many shapes and styles. I have made a few with this one being one of my > favorites. This beanie is perfect for winter being made from 23 micron > merino in a single herringbone layer with a merino and fiber” >

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