It's the 17th of March 2018 and much of the North East is covered in a thick blanket of snow. It's sunny, windy, and quite cold today. I'm not complaining, mind you, it's part of living in the region. However, with Easter and other traditional Spring celebrations coming, we face the yearly dilemma of how to put our little ones in cute Spring clothes and still keep them warm. Today, I have at least one way that fiber artists can help. The traditional bonnet or helmet style hat for little ones. I thought I'd tip my hat to several designers who have created priceless little hats from which to choose.
I would not have thought, when this idea first popped to mind, that I could write an entire blog about traditional bonnets or helmet hats. However, I found a surprising number of designers who have created entire lines of these adorable little hats. This blog is merely an overview of what the designers have to offer in patterns. I hope that by giving a thumbnail sketch of each designer my readers will take a look for themselves!
I begin today's blog with Louisa Rull of Felt Soap Good in Auckland, New Zealand. Felt Soap Good is on Etsy, Ravelry, Facebook , and YouTube. (her YouTube channel is a must see by the way) Louisa Rull specializes in creating photo props. She designs and sells patterns as well as finished pieces. The patterns in her collection are beautiful and can be added to any outfit to make it picture perfect for those holiday events. (PLEASE note that hats with ties should be used only under direct supervision as they can pose a choking hazard) From wonderfully whimsical to lovely lace, it's all available from Felt Soap Good:
The next designer I found in my search for perfect bonnets or helmet hats is Kristin Nicole Knits! Kristin Hazel lives in Maryland and has a business specializing in newborn and maternity photography. To that end she has created some perfect bonnets (and clothing items) as photo props but let's face it for those "first" outings we want picture perfect outfits. With an entire line of bonnets to choose from how can you go wrong with Kristin Nicole Knits? (again, as with anything these designs are to be worn with direct supervision because of the ties.) Kristin Nicole Knits is on Etsy and Ravelry
I do not want to leave out the crocheters. I love crocheting pieces for babies and kids as does Mel Harrison! Mel Harrison of Pixie Noggins and the Mahogany Turtle is a busy mom and indie designer who makes her home in Australia. She's not only a great designer but she dyes and sells beautiful yarns. (the yarns are amazing!) Mel Harrison has some very sweet offerings for little ones.
Last but by NO means least is Christine of Sweet Potato 3 Designs. She does everything and her skills in crochet are definitely a step above mine for sure. However, looking specifically at bonnets Christine has several SUPER cute and fun patterns to offer those of us who crochet.
Now for you sewists, I have 3 patterns to share with you handpicked by my own sewist.
Anyone having to dress a little one for the unpredictable Spring holidays knows that having a back-up plan is a good idea. You can count on fiber artists to have your back when it comes to dressing your child. Also if you are a fiber artist I hope you'll visit the pages of today's designers and thank them for their hard work. Putting a design together is no easy task. Thank you all for joining me today!
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.