Hannah’s Hopeful Hats for boys?

Posted on October 23, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the mission and purpose of Hannah’s Hopeful Hats. I had a very clear idea in starting it: I wanted to make flattering, beautiful hats for girls to help them feel more confident as they undergo cancer treatment.

However, I have been asked a number of times whether I knit hats for boys as well, and I’ve come to the realization that I can’t think of any reason why I shouldn’t. Guys want to feel good about themselves too, and even though I was inspired by Hannah, that’s no reason to exclude them from what I’m doing. I was recently asked to make a hat for a teenage boy who was just diagnosed, and I got the yarn for it today. While I’m not sure if I’ll make quite as many hats for guys as for girls (I think most guys would be more inclined to wear a baseball cap or something like it when the weather is warm, so the need might not be as great), I’m going to start making hats more geared towards boys in addition to the hats that I’ve already been making.

On that note, here are some patterns I’m looking at. Knitting patterns for men tend to be somewhat dull, but I’ve found some that I think have enough interest to make them unique while still retaining the manly image. Thank God for Jared Flood.

Koolhaas, by Jared Flood (This one was inspired by the look of the Seattle Public Library, which was designed by a man named Rem Koolhaas. Cool, huh?)

Habitat, by Jared Flood

Turn A Square, by (you guessed it) Jared Flood

Jacques Cousteau Hat, by Lalla Pohjanpalo

A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend, by Stephanie Nicole

Knotty but Nice, by Natalie Larson

Regular Guy Beanie, by Chuck Wright

Flintshire, by Ashley Knowlton

Struan, by Ysolda Teague (I’ll have to do some looking into how that brim is made. But it’s by Ysolda, so I automatically love it.)

…I’m going to be knitting a LOT of gray, black, navy, and brown. Sigh. Hopefully I can get some of my guy friends to model for me. At least I know from yesterday that Nick can work it.

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7 Responses to “Hannah’s Hopeful Hats for boys?”

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Really like Turn a Square and the Jacques Cousteau Hat. The pattern on the Koolhaas hat is very Kool, but I wish I could see what it looks like from the front.

Obviously not the color I would use, but you get the idea:

I like the Turn a Square pattern too. Which one and which colors did you select for your first manly hat?

I’m thinking probably the Jacques Cousteau hat, but I’m adapting it for thick yarn. And it’s dark gray.

Love Turn A Square

I don’t think you can go wrong with Regular Guy Beanie. Don’t rule out green – it’s a nice color, too. Maybe forest green. Struan looks cool – but also hard!
p.s. you are wonderful for doing this!

I like the Koolhass, Turn A Square, Jacques Cousteau Hat and Struan the best. I’d think you’d be able to do a little more than just gray, black navy and brown. I mean guys like blue and green right? Plus if you’re knitting them for a specific person in mind, maybe they’d say which color they’d prefer…Good luck with your first guy hat!


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