Making This Winter WarmerBy Erin Burger – 14 Comments
Every Fall I get orders from customers online for warm winter wear, but more importantly I get many orders here at home from my pickiest, ficklest customers: my own four children.
It seems like this year’s biggest requirement from the older children is that they want their hats to match compliment their new winter coats and they want them to be very, very warm.
Here are some tips for making extra warm winter accessories:
- Use Wool! A lot of people have wool allergies, but even a wool mix yarn (which will cause much less irritation than pure wool) will give more warmth than any other type of yarn. There are now major companies releasing ‘superwash’ versions of wool that won’t felt or pill up and can be thrown into the washer and dryer!
- Double or even triple up! Using two or three strands held together for the basic hats, scarfs, cowls and wraps insulate times two or three. If you’re using a pattern, try to match the gauge in order to successfully complete it with double or triple strands of yarn.
- FPDC hats! Using a Front Post Double Crochet stitch throughout a beanie creates a stretchy and thick knit-like look and also makes rows inside the hat which provide extra warmth.
This photo shows the inside of the crown of my daughter Maxine’s winter hat:
This photo shows my daughter Rose’s finished winter hat (without the bow she refuses to wear) and the ‘knit’ look fpdc stitches can create:
Have any other warming tips or any questions about the tips? Don’t hesitate to comment here!