Carolina Headband and Westlake Summer Hat

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on my summer lines. It’s hard to have a woolly shop at theis time of year because no-one is looking for warm hats and cardigans. People want shorts and t-shirts and the likes, so I needed to rethink my summer stock.

No idea why, but in my notepad for brain dumping, I had a “Spring/Summer ‘ 18” list and it said “long trouser”, “pom pom hat”, “jumper to match feya pixie hat”…. I think I must have been freezing cold when I wrote that and as far away from summer thoughts as I could get! So instead, I’ve got two new items coming out which are a little more summer friendly, even if it’s winter in your country right now (Australia/New Zealand, I’m looking at you!) these will still be great.

First up we have the Carolina Headband

Carolina HeadbandAimed for the little girls of course, this little headband comes in sizes 0-3 months up to 2-5 years. It is knitted in a cashmere blend yarn which is lightweight and delicate.

It really reminded me of a flapper style headband from the 1920’s and so I named it Carolina in homage to the origin of the Charleston. According to Wikipedia, The Charleston is a dance named for the harbour city of Charleston, South Carolina. The rhythm was popularised in mainstream dance music in the United States by a 1923 tune called “The Charleston” by composer/pianist James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild.


Rose wearing her Carolina HeadbandThe two ties at each end will fasten at the nape of the neck and the beautiful feather and fan pattern wraps across the top of the head and either over or behind the ears. Of course, the RowRow and Kades button is added to add my little logo!

Pictured in Silver and Lilac, these two are on their way to my new Spring/Summer reps. The Silver one has already arrived and just look at the gorgeous little Rose wearing it on her outing the other day!

The Carolina Headband is available from my Etsy shop now priced at £18 plus p&p.

Next we have the Westlake Summer Hat

Westlake Hat and BootiesThose of you who follow my pattern designs will know all about my Westlake beanie and booties. They are also available as a set from my Etsy shop but it has proved to be a very popular knitting pattern. It’s also quite a warm set and not something I am going to go into detail here today when we are talking about summer items…

So, I was thinking of boys sun hats. Boys are sometimes hard to think up patterns for. You have to be careful not to go too pretty, which is difficult when knitting can be utterly beautiful at times and not masculine at all.

The Westlake pattern is ideal for boys and girls though. It has just the right mix of feminine and masculine. I wanted to use it again for something else and settled on a summer hat. I’ve designed adult summer hats before but this one was a lot of fun.

Westlake Summer HatThe Westlake Summer hat is knitted in 100% cotton, so it’s not too warm and still does the job of keeping the sun off babies head.

It has a wide brim that comes down wider to shield the babies eyes and the Westlake (Little Boxes) pattern has just enough spaces to let the air flow through.

Why “Westlake”? Again we go to Wikipedia (my main research tool for pattern names!) The original stitch pattern name for Westlake is called “Little Boxes”. This always reminds me of the song, “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds.  When I researched the meaning of the song I found out this: Reynolds was a folk singer-songwriter and political activist in the 1960s and 1970s. Nancy Reynolds, her daughter, explained that her mother wrote the song after seeing the housing developments around Daly City, California, built in the post-war era by Henry Doelger, particularly the neighborhood of Westlake. And so, Westlake it became. Although my Westlakes are made out of beautiful yarn and not ticky tacky!

Westlake Summer hatLennon in his Westlake Summer Hat is available in sizes 0-3 months up to 2-5 years and a whole range of colours. This one is pictured in Apple and now with my new little Spring/Summer rep Lennon. I think he likes it!

There will be more summer items to come so keep checking back. I promise I’m not thinking up warm things right now!

So which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Kelly x

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