Monday, September 17, 2007

A guy hat







I haven't really made many hats for men. I make hats for me and babies usually. Most of the men I know (my sons and husband) don't want my hats. Whatever. Then, there are the hats I've made as gifts for other folks. They don't wear them either. They say that they are "saving" it for the right occasion. When is that? I don't like the mean feeling I get so I generally don't knit for other folks. My sister-in-law lives in Italy. She is a professional model. She has asked me if I would make a hat for her lovely daughter but I was a bit shy about making one suitable for a baby of a woman who models for Carolina Herrera.

Recently, a close family member asked me to make some chemo hats for her husband, a former Olympic athlete. More sad knitting but I did it. Reluctantly my soon-to-be 13 year old agreed to wear it for the camera before I mailed it off. It is the second quasi chemo hat that I made. Since it is for a guy, the foo foo hats with all the fun fur isn't suitable as a guy chemo hat. Any ideas?

12 comments:

WandaWoman said...

The hat is nice and I think the recipient will like it. I think the main thing with chemo caps is that it's soft, not scratchy.

hakucho said...

Your hat looks perfect to me. I'm sure the recipient will love it. I agree the yarn has to be super soft :)

Virtuous said...

I like the simplicity of the hat! And even more touching is why you are doing it. THAT makes the hat perfect. I knitting hats for charity and I am doing the Irish Hiking hat that would be another good one too!

del said...

Love the hat. It looks perfect for a guy.

I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to wear a handknitted hat!

NikkiJ said...

What's up with folks? Really? I think that they just want you to take their knitting requests. The hat looks perfect. FYI: My Antie who had chemo said that her head was super sensitive.

Renee said...

I am getting ready to cast on for Coronet - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTcoronet.html
My LYS is collecting hats for local cancer patients. They gave me a skein of Berocco Comfort, a super soft yarn, to use.

LaVerna said...

I too am making chemo hats for a friend.A woman though.I am making Marnie MacLean's Nautilus pattern.There is a mans version as well.http://marniemaclean.com/patterns/index.html
She has several men's patterns.In case you want to make more than one with autumn coming on.I would just make sure it is machine washable/dryable.Chemo wipes out the immune system and everything needs to be able to be sterilized.
(I used to work at a cancer center here.)
Don't think of it as sad knitting.Think of it as much appreciated knitting.
Looks great!

Harlem Purl said...

I love how your hat came out. I've only made one hat for my SO and based on his preference, simpler is better. The only stitch I know that is rather manly is cables but I think the ribs in your hat should do just fine.

AR said...

That hat looks great to me! I've done quite a few guy hats. My guys like hats, but when they get lost (or stolen!) it's a bummer, after all the work.

I bet the recipient is going to love the work and caring you put into it.

Lynn said...

I think this hat is perfect. I think for men, the simpler the better. Use guy colors and as mentioned before, the softer the better.

gina said...

Those hats are very popular here in the Scandinavian countries! You could make a killing with those here!

Jeanine said...

I actually knit/crocheted some chemo caps and later donated them. I was told that anything soft or acrylic is best.