muffin hats

I had found a couple of hat patterns, Kwik-Sew & McCalls. I think I might have mentioned that. Light weight polar fleece does really well as soft, warm and flexible. However, there were a few challenges. Most of the patterns called for multiple extra seams, double layers of fabric or a lot of fussy finishing details. Me? I am about quick and functional. And not wasting fabric, I really should mention that as well.  Using a knit fabric with give is quite a bit different than sewing with a woven fabric. The idea of making anything that might need ironing is just not compatible with being on board a ship.

After working my way through the patterns, I have wound up with the Scarf from Kwik-Sew (which of course I went looking for on their site and couldn’t find. Go figure – JoAnn’s had it) and M6521 from McCalls (along with M4116) gave me a good range of choices. Light weight sweatshirt fabric is lovely as is micro-fleece.  I’ve pretty much stayed away from patterns in order to have a wider range of use. But I couldn’t resist my owls, and a bit of what might, with a good imagination be considered a leopard variation. Since I survived several days of jungle cat decedents I felt I was entitled.

a pile o’scarves

and then the original pattern is the bottom blue one. Pleats. If you can imagine. Fold, pin, baste, sew, slit, add band.  Ok. but it is just as easy to measure, gather an edge, modify the back for a short tie area and be done in less than 15 minutes…

the muffin gal’s

So I guess this means scarves, hats and muffins for breakfast on ship.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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6 Responses to muffin hats

  1. Anita says:

    Enjoy that trip/cruise

  2. Carmen says:

    Very stylish! And avoiding attaching fake flower rosettes.

  3. Chere says:

    There’s an idea. I have enough after my lavender fleece coat (Simplicity 1540 made longer) for a matching hat.

  4. Kathy says:

    I am seriously impressed!

  5. Pat says:


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