Breastfeeding hats, nursing caps, boobie beanies... I've seen so many different names for these adorable hats. As a breastfeeding mother myself (one son weaned at the age of 3 after I tandem nursed him and his little brother who is still nursing at 18 months), I have been a big fan of these since I saw them come on the scene a few years ago.
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Recently, I've partnered up with a dear friend of mine, who was also my doula for our youngest baby, and have given her a few KatKnap products to sell in her baby boutique at Nurturing Birth and Wellness Center over in our sister city, Richmond, KY. Tress and I first met at a First Friday event here in Berea, and from the beginning, she was in love with the little crocheted things I made and sold at the event. From the crocheted Converse booties that my now-preschooler was wearing, and of course, the boobie beanies I had at my table! So of course, when she opened her brick and mortar office, she wanted a few of these to adorn her shelves, and I was more than happy to oblige. If you're in the greater Lexington, Central Kentucky area, pregnant, and searching for an informed advocate and birthing coach for your pregnancy and labor, seriously, give her a call!
From the very beginning of KatKnap, I wanted to make and sell these hats for a number of reasons. One, they're stinking C-U-T-E! Two, who doesn't love boobs? Three, I was pregnant at the time and very intimidated by the thought of breastfeeding in public. What would people say and think? Would I become one of the hundreds of horror stories we hear every day about women being berated for doing something as basic to our instincts as feeding our babies? These nursing hats were a symbol of strength and solidarity to a first time mama who had zero clue about how she was going to navigate parenthood. Lastly, and this still holds true, I wanted a portion of all of the money I made by selling these hats, to go toward furthering research about breast cancer and breast cancer awareness.
The Hangup With These Hats
Now that you know why I'm so passionate about these hats (or maybe, TL;DR, and that's okay, too) it's tim eto talk shop. Why are there no flesh toned yarns, that envelop tones of every color, that can be bought from the same manufacturer, so that we can maintain a consistent product every single time. Seriously! I searched for days trying to find yarns from the same brand that I could use to get no less than three skin tones in these hats, and there are surprisingly few! Vanna's Choice has a number of great beiges and pinks that would be great for fair skinned babies and their mamas. Red Heart has some awesomely rich browns and tans that could be used for darker tones, but almost no one has a medium flesh tone that can be used. Further, if you're in a situation similar to mine, where you want all three tones in the same place at the same time, and you want them all to be consistent, hope is almost lost!
I'm writing this to give you my solution. Herrschners.
If you haven't heard of Herrschners Yarn, you need to head over there right now and check them out, really, right now. Did you know that Red Heart is actually a subsidiary of Herrschners? That's right. Red Heart is actually a yarn company within another yarn company! I didn't know that, so please, pardon my excitement. Herrschners yarns has six different yarns that I used to create the hats in the picture at the top of this post. Here's how I broke it down:
Which Yarns for Which Skin Tones
- Fair Skin Tone
Sandstone for the breast
Blush for the nipple
- Medium Skin Tone
Pecan for the breast
Peachy for the nipple
- Dark Skin Tone
Walnut for the breast
Espresso for the nipple
There you have it! Three different pallets to create three equally as beautiful breasts for the nursing babies and mothers in your life. Have you made these hats before? What flesh tone yarns do you use for hats, dolls, or other fun patterns? I would love to hear from you in the comments!