Summer Hats for the Teachers


I’m on a sun hat streak.  The kids wanted something special as an end of year gift for their teachers.  On Tuesday we settled on sun hats.  The kids would design the hats and I would make them.  Today is the last day of school and I just barely finished the hats in time.

The kids chose the colors and the stitch pattern, and the flower design, color, and button.


From left to right: R’s hat for his 3rd grade teacher: “She likes orange and yellow.”

Big A’s hat for his 2nd grade teacher: “Just like Grammy’s hat, but in blue!” with very specific colors choices and instructions.

and O’s hats for his two kindergarten teachers: “I want them to look like a watermelon and a backwards watermelon.  With blue and orange flowers!”

Wishing four wonderful teachers a summer of sunshine and outdoor relaxation!  They really deserve it.

K’s Chemo Sun Hat Pattern


IMG_8265.JPGI made these two sun hats as chemo caps for a relative who is fighting cancer for the second time.  It’s a small gesture, but I wanted something I could get into the mail quickly.

The primary pattern in this post is for the gold and white hat.  The blue and white hat is a modification of my Striped Sun Hat.  I included directions for the blue hat, as well as patterns for the flower pins, at the end.

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Gardening Hat

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We have had a very rainy spring.  Now we have a serious black fly problem.  If you don’t have black flies in your neck of the woods, consider yourself lucky.  They are tiny little flies which swarm your head and get everywhere.  They love to bite right next to eyes, inside ears, under your hair.  And their bites bleed.

I needed a gardening hat.  I wanted something cotton.  I actually had a couple knit ones I ordered on Etsy (just because.)  I sprayed the hats with bug spray.  They work wonderfully.  Unfortunately, the boys and I can’t all wear two hats at the same time.  I also wanted something a little nicer to wear while on the local hiking trail with the kids.

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