2020 has been one heck of a year. Normally, I'd be making little tchotchkes to wrap up for my loved ones, but it's probably going to be a big year for online gifting for me. Which some of my family and friends may be a bit relieved by, to be honest.
But the kids are stuck with a handmade gift, whether they want one or not.
I had an assortment of leftover Encore yarn, the remains of presents from holidays past. While meandering through Ravelry, I came upon a pretty darn cute free hat pattern called Troll. It uses worsted weight yarn, which Encore is. And trolls happen to be something that the grandkids will associate with me.
One of my pandemic projects was to build a little fairy house in the yard. I didn't have any spare fairies to populate the house, but I did find a 10-pack of trolls on Amazon for $9.99.
So there they are! The kids have seen them several times via FaceTime, and once in person, on the funnest weekend ever.
The layout even includes a troll gold mine, with a little ore cart and some gold nuggets. My neighbor is a very creative person. She got sucked into the project with me, so a lot of the cuter elements are thanks to her. Thanks, Mary!
The first hat is baby-sized, for my new great niece Jeanne. Jeanne is a girl who can really rock the gray.
The next three hats are toddler-sized. The red and black number is for my great nephew Zeke.
The blue and gray is for my grandson, Miles. He's three.
And the sparkly blue is for my two-year-old granddaughter, Margot.
It's anybody's guess if these hats will fit an actual kid. They're too small for me, which is probably a good sign.
The pattern was clearly written and very quick to work up. I'm trying to think of more toddlers who need a troll hat so I can make another. These four kids live in southern California, so they'll probably wear the hats once a year, when the temps drop into the low 60s.
If you need a quick gift for a kid, I recommend this pattern. My Ravelry notes are here.