I’m so excited about my first foray into knitwear. I’ll always be an industrial designer at heart, and designing around the constraints of a new manufacturing process is really fun for me. It was really fun designing these, and if you scroll to the end, you’ll see how different my original idea was from this finished product. I was happy to find a US-based manufacturer that was willing to work with me and my woodland animals (the vast majority of knit beanies seem to have words or very simple designs knit into them, or they’re blank with a sewn on patch).
There isn’t a side seam on these hats, so you can wear them any way you want… Birds on the front, squirrel on the front, leaves on the front… you can’t go wrong!
Here is my original design, which went through a lot of iterations. I’m happy with the changes it went through the reach the final design, but maybe for my next hat design, I’ll add another stripe of critters/etc.