Knitting – Hats to Humiliate the Family — and the Dog

The St. Louis Connection

Last Christmas, I made hats and mittens for my son and his family in St. Louis.  My son said he doesn’t wear hats often but did like having this warm one for walking the dog or shoveling snow.  He said he would like to have ear flaps on his hat – not dorky ones with long string ties but something that would cover the ears well without pulling the hat down over the eyes.  My younger daughter found the perfect free pattern for me:

I asked for head measurements and favorite colors and had a hat made for each one when they visited in October.  I’ll have to say the hats are not flattering, but they’re very warm with a double thickness of garter stitch around the brim and 2-inch ear flaps.

When they sent me the measurements, they also included one for their dog, Sugar (as a joke, I’m sure).  I found another free pattern which is basically a tube with ears.  The pattern is called Humiliating the Dog and they do all look a little humiliated.  But they will all have warm ears this winter.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

4 thoughts on “Knitting – Hats to Humiliate the Family — and the Dog”

  1. Sometimes a little humiliation is a good thing. LOL Those are not really ugly, but the important thing is the warmth! The picture of the dog showed up in my e-mail, but I don’t see it on the post – strange! He has about the same expression on his face as his people. LOL

  2. I used to look like your grand daughters do when I was photographed wearing something my Nana had crocheted. Then she passed away. The last thing she was working on was another scarf for me. I had someone finish it and I now keep it in a special place and only wear it on special occasions. I treasure each and everything she did and so will they someday! But the dog looks hilarious! Saw it on your FB page!

  3. Oh! Lillian, you are too funny… follow through with the measurements for Sugar. Her hat is adorable, even though Sugar seems to think she’s in the Doggy Hall of Shame! You know, that pattern could double for a really neat neck scarf for one of her humans. Unlike a traditional scarf, it can’t fall off. You won’t sit on one of the tails in the car and nearly choke yourself to death. And it can turn and shift all it wants, your neck would remain covered…. and warm!! BTW, I love Sugar!

    There’s an art to wearing any kind of hat. Very few of us wear them well. They look very stylish until we plop them on our head, and then not so much. I envy people who look great wearing a hat. I think those patterns are fine, and I like your choice of colors.

    Your family, or at least their heads, will be toasty warm this winter. And let’s face it, when we have to be outside in the winter shoveling the sidewalk, cleaning snow/ice off the car or perhaps bringing the dog out, are we really going to be concerned with what we look like or staying as warm as possible?

    You have a generous heart and a great sense of humor!
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

  4. This is exactly what I needed on this really cold fall day. Your skill with needles is impressive. I’m not a hat person except when really cold or shoveling. And, when I’m doing that I pull out wool mittens and hats that my Aunt made me about 38 or 40 years ago. I have an off white set, a red set, and a pair of black mittens. Nothing equals them for heat, and I have great memories wearing them. They stand the test of time, and they’ll be warm for many years.

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