I own three different slouchy hats. I love them. I wear them too much, actually. But they are so comfortable, and make me feel relaxed and groovy. So, as gifts for my three wonderful bridesmaids, I decided to knit them each a slouchy hat so they could feel the relaxed and groovy feelings, too! From a seasonal point of view, these were totally inappropriate gifts. It’s late spring, and it’s getting warmer — who needs a warm winter hat? Almost nobody. But you know what? I love them so much (the hats and the girls they were intended for) that I let that little detail slide. It will be fall again someday, right?
I started by intending to make each of them a Jane hat (okay Jane Richmond, my nonsexual crafter crush on you and your patterns is official now) but by the time I was done one (in aqua, for Michelle, as seen below), I was feeling like I would be setting myself up for the gods to smite me with carpal tunnel if I were to make another two identical hats back-to-back. So switch them up, I did. The other two were knitted more freestyle by following my heart. Sara’s (in raspberry, above) ended up being a hybrid of the Jane hat and the adorable bands of seed stitch from the Kanoko Soaker Pants I made not too long ago. And for my maid of honour, Candice (whose hat is green, also below), I did a series of stripes (I think I knit 5 rounds, then purled one, then repeated throughout the body of the hat — pretty basic). I’m really pleased with how they all turned out! And each girl seemed to be pretty happy with their hats, too.
I chose each colour to suit each girl in a unique way. For Michelle, I knew she owned a bright and beautiful aqua pashmina that made her eyes and dark brown hair pop. I love that colour on her and I thought she could use more of it. Sara has a beautiful sense of style I totally love, so I thought the deep and vibrant raspberry colour could and would be a stunning accent on her noggin. Plus, she’s getting married this fall and I thought a nice warm colour would suit her style in the months surrounding her autumn wedding. For Candice, I knew the green would bring out her beautiful light green eyes and would jive with her very green job (she works for a company that does energy assessments for homes)!
I really did have the best bridesmaids a gal could ask for. They helped me in countless ways to keep my cool about the whole getting married thing. Even when I was having trouble delegating, they always let me know they were there to help, and that meant a lot. They are beautiful, wonderful pals!
When they wear these hats, I hope they feel the warm and fuzzy love feelings that went into knitting them — even if it’s not until September. 🙂