Dec 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm #1311593
Having a little spare down time in the middle of a Michigan winter (i.e. small sandal orders) and out of necessity, grabbed my wife's sewing machine and taught myself how to sew.
This is super light beanie that is a great EDC item as well as a liner under warmer hats on really cold days. Made a few as a stocking stuffer as well as one for myself. I love it!
(Don't tell my wife I posted this or she'll kill me). The light gray grid fleece on the under side is the same type of fabric used on the patagonia R1 and works really well. It's only sewn as a liner around the ears.
Here is an inside detail shot of the Polartec merino wool/quick dry inner…really wicks quite well, keeps my head dry!
Just thought I'd share! Now that I've started sewing, it's tough to stop coming up with ideas (made some neck gaiters as well as fleece camo hat for the little guy).
RyanDec 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm #2059202
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Nice hat! (nicer wife, but complimenting another man's wife is always fraught with problems. :o)
I XC ski and backcountry ski and this is a good hat for high exertion activities.
Got patterns??Jan 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm #2061080
Jama CrawfordBPL Member
@jamaLocale: Western Slope
Nice fabric, gorgeous wife, and great hat construction. Where did you find your fabric selections? The merino wool is beautiful.
I am into making hats this winter too. I hope you will indulge my snapshot on your post.
Attached is a fleece hat I finished last week. I made two hats of same design and size – this one a heavy polar tek fleece with muchie (fuzzy) band. It weighs 2 oz. The muchie is fluffy but surprisingly heavy. If I had used the same heavy fleece as a band instead it would have come in about 1.5 oz.
The second is a lighter weight polar tek in two colors and is probably my trip hat. It weighs 1 oz and is almost as warm as this one. I didn't take a picture because it was my prototype and the head lamp hole was kind of ugly.
The hat I wanted had three features:
1. A small pocket at forehead to hold head lamp
2. Earflaps with Velcro closure to stay on all night
3. Good coverage across the neck which the biting wind found last seasonJan 7, 2014 at 6:12 am #2061146
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Both models and hats look outstanding!
I am impressed with the hats' design and quality.Jan 7, 2014 at 7:39 am #2061172
Sorry for the delayed response…we had a little winter snow come through the Detroit area ;).
As for a pattern, I found it online and then modified from there. I will try to dig it up.
@jama – looks great! It's a funny thing when one learns how to use a sewing machine…the possibilities become endless! Great job!
I have found a wide array of polartec materials (which I prefer for quality and all made in USA) at millyardage.com. This merino mix was on clearance and I think it is gone now, but they have quite the selection!
@todd – thanks!
RyanJan 14, 2014 at 7:30 am #2063210
Just to keep this thread alive…here is another hat with a grid polartec fabric and a good ole' Yukon Pass patch I bought while in Alaska a few years back.
Also, I did locate the patter that I used. It's from this site: http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/2012/11/beanie-sewing-pattern.html?m=1
I did modify it to fit my needs (i.e. no flip up cuff on the bottom, different lengths depending on if sewn in ear band or not).
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