Stashlet had a lovely stripey (basic beanie-type) hat that he managed to throw overboard when we were out with the buggy last week (and despite two retraces of my steps, it was not to be found, grumble).
I'd been thinking for a while about getting him something with a bit more ear cover, so on Monday, for want of something better to do, we were going to go into town and buy an ear flappy type hat. But there was a blizzard outside so he needed a hat before we went out the door. I combed the internet and found FleeceFun.com which has a whole range of hat patterns (and other things) for free download, including trapper hats, here modelled by Slumbie Bear.
I made two in the small child size and they fit Stashlet's head pretty much perfectly. They were really simple and quick to sew up, and with a very minor bit of fiddle you only need to hand stitch about 3" worth of seam. You might remember the robot fabric from this jacket; I lined it with an Ikea fleece blanket. The white one, which needs a bit of finishing off, is a fleece from a proper fabric shop (!) which I've had for ages. Stashlet loves his robot hat and has been wearing it in the house as well as outside.
So instead of going hat shopping we went to the playground instead. Yay!