Handcrafted with either llama or alpaca fiber, these hats are not only luxuriously soft, they’re also extremely warm & hard-wearing.
Each begins as a large stocking cap, taking 7+ hours to knit by hand.
Same hat before & after felting in the washing machine… really!
Good thing I’m an avid handknitter and enjoy knitting in every spare moment:
Knitting between hockey games – Healy, Alaska, February 2003. (photo by Jon Paynter)
Once knit, I toss them into hot, soapy water and let the washing machine rough them up…
Knitted hats ready for felting in the washing machine.
Due to the heat & agitation, the microscopic scales coating the fibers become irreversibly tangled and the knit fabric transforms into a thick and impervious felt.
After gently rinsing and spinning, I work each by hand, shaping the crown and getting the felt smooth.
The hat air-dries for several days before getting a hand-sewn satin ribbon lining, to keep it from itching, and help maintain its shape over time.
Each felt hat gets its own hand-stitched ribbon liner for comfort and protection.
A single hat takes over 9 hours to complete, and will provide years of warm, stylish comfort, on the trail or in town.
Browse current hats for sale in my new online shop. Prices range from US$135 – $250, depending on the style.
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