Itchy Hat No More

LarryHat1I knew wool triggered allergic dermitis for Thor but was sure if I knit him a hat from very fine micron fibers, his skin would be fooled.  No such luck, though I used extremely fine merino (the black yarn) and baby alpaca (the blue yarn).

Now, however, two years later, we are living in a much colder climate than San Francisco, and Thor pulled out this hat and tried again.  Same result.

LarryHat1_doubleSo for this interim birthday present (while I design and knit his cardigan sweater), after turning the band of the hat up, I picked up stitches and knit an internal hat out of a two ply 100% organic cotton yarn.

LarryHat1_upIt worked like a charm!

The already warm wool-alpaca hat is now lined with cotton (making it even warmer).  With the band turned up, no protein fiber touches Thor’s skin, and his ears are protected by a third layer.

heartHappy birthday, Thor!

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13 Responses to Itchy Hat No More

  1. MarlisB says:

    No. Terrible dermatitis and asthma.

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  2. Oh my! Poor thing … anaphylactic?

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  3. MarlisB says:

    My daughter is terribly allergic to wool. In fact there was a time I couldn’t even knit with sheep wool because the allergens would affect her being just in the same room. While she still cannot tolerate to wear wool and never will, I can now knit in the same room with her 🙂

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  4. The inner cap needs to be slightly smaller than the outer. Remember, the outer cap has to fit over both the inner cap and the wearer’s head.

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  5. Strikzilla says:

    That´s a really good idea – thank´s for sharing! Is the cotton part the same size as the hat or is it smaller?

    /Strikzilla

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  6. And he looks so cute in it! Not only does he wear hats well, but blue is such a great color on him. 🙂

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  7. Happy Birthday Thor. Hat looks great!

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  8. It is such an easy and simple remedy. You could also knit it as one torpedo-shaped tube. That is, with the first yarn, CO 4 or 8 stitches on double points and increase until you’ve got the shaping you want, then knit straight until ribbing, and then reverse on the other end with the second yarn.

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  9. Thor has worn it several hours straight – nary an itch! He took it off last night when his head got too hot. 🙂

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  10. caityrosey says:

    Erg. Spelling fail. Wensleydale.

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  11. caityrosey says:

    What a good idea. I’ll keep that in mind, even for myself. I love the crunch and look of some of the this gorgeous green Wendleydale I spun and want to make a hat or something like that out of it, but I know that I won’t be able to bear the touch of it on my skin for more than a few minutes. A liner would fix all that.

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  12. Sara Crafts says:

    What a clever fix…and you ended up making it even better!

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