On a visit to Kauai a couple of years ago, my husband picked up a trail hat to use as a sun hat. Here in the Rockies it is very sunny. Did you know that the Denver, Colorado area gets an average of 300 days a year of sunshine? Well, they do! So hubs pulled out his trusty trail hat for our walks up here at the 9,000 foot elevation. I, of course, don my Sunny’s SunHat. Our little #9 g-kiddo needed a hat like Papa’s!
So through inspiration from Papa’s hat and what seemed like a zillion Gaucho hat images, I sat down and designed the hat. But… I wanted it to be a trail hat – so designed it so the brim sides can be buttoned “up”, and it had to have a chin tie too. Jax loves his hat and as soon as he hears “walk”, he puts on his toddler-sized Gaucho TrailHat and becomes the “sundance kid” !
The pattern works up pretty quickly with nice results. The crown and brim of the Gaucho TrailHat are extra sturdy and it offers wonderful shade. I designed the hat to be very low-maintenance, using Lily Sugar’n Cream 100% cotton yarn. The sides have a stitch pattern that offers a nice venting effect. The pattern is sized from toddler to adult and is unisex – works up really cute in pink, too! If you, too, would like to make a crocheted Gaucho TrailHat, you can find the pattern in my shop.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again…
♥ ~ Wendy
I released my newest crochet pattern, Sunny’s SunHat. The summer season has arrived – YAY!!!
First a little back-story on the design of the hat. I wanted something substantial and sturdy, yet easy to keep – kind of a grab-and-go sun hat without millinery supplies and nothing that would be damaged if I wanted to fold it up and put it in my bag. So I went yarn stash diving and found my trusty Lily Sugar’n Cream and went to town making the hat, worked it up in four sizes, baby to adult, added the two removable hatbands, flower and bow (which also double as headbands, too). Sent the pattern into testing – I love my testers – they are awesome! Then it was time to name the sun hat… hmmm, I wanted a special name for this hat, so chose my mother’s name “Sunny” – and there ya go – Sunny’s SunHat!
With every size covered in the pattern, it makes a great Mommy & Me set and/or sibling hats! The brim is not super wide, yet offers nice shade.
If you’d like a copy of the pattern, head on over to the shop.