Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pattern Review: Snow Day Hat and Mittens

Pin It I (Major Moma) currently live in Anchorage, Alaska and so when I had the opportunity in September to test Peek a Boo Pattern's Snow Day Mittens and Hat I quickly volunteered.  I made them up for all my children and was quite pleased with the pattern.  And, late in September we had our first snow.  My kids tested out the Snow Day mittens and hat and gave them their approval.  But then, it warmed up and have had no snow since.  I am told this is quite unusual for Anchorage.

But, this was the view outside my window on Monday, 11 November.  So, I figure this review should finally be posted.  I used pictures that I took shortly after sewing them, so I don't have pictures of the hats and mittens in action.  You will just have to trust me on that one.

Peek a Boo Pattern's Snow Day

This pattern can be purchased at Peek a Boo Pattern's website. (affiliate link)  The pattern comes in sizes from infant to tween.  But as with all hats, choose the size according to your child's head measurements, not their age.

Peek a Boo Pattern's Snow Day

You will need fleece, a closure (snap or button) and elastic to complete the pattern.  The elastic is for the mittens.  I lined the hat in another layer of fleece, so if you want to do that, just add some to the yardage.  The lower portion of the hat already calls for a double layer, so you will not need a lot to line it fully.

The skill level required is really minimal.  This is a very practical beginner pattern and definitely something that I would use for a young person; maybe a tween, to use as a first project.

Peek a Boo Pattern's Snow Day

I choose the pattern because I was offered a chance to test it.  But I am always on the look out for a hat pattern as they are a fun accessory that you can usually finish in a sitting.

I did do a little bit, well maybe a lot, of embellishing on this hat.  I knew that my daughter would want some fun elements to dress it up a bit.  You of course can embellish to the taste of the wearer.

Peek a Boo Pattern's Snow Day
Good: The sizes were right on (I sewed up three for all my kiddos and they all were true to measurement) and it really has a practical design.  There is also an option to not have the ear flaps, so the pattern has some versatility.

Bad:  The price seemed a bit high at $7.95 for just a hat and mittens.  But, since it was such a well designed hat with a wide range of sizes, you could likely get your money's worth if you plan on sewing for more than one child.

I give this pattern an overall pattern rating of .  It is a practical pattern that is fitting for those looking to make winter accessories or someone looking for a great starter project.

(Update: Sew Cool now has a few affiliate links and Peek-a-boo Patterns is one of them.  We think Amy carries great patterns for tweens so we think the affiliate program is a good fit.)

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