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    Blackrock inspired down beanie

    Hey ya'll out there!

    I've got a new DIY project done. Always wanted to have one of those down beanies the first time I saw one warming Shug's head in one of his videos...
    Now, as a student and an addicted DIYer I had to come up with my own selfmade beanie and after some inspection of photos I found online, some thoughts, tweaks and modifications here and there I am proud to present you my DIY down beanie! Oh yes, this thing keeps your hat warm when you're sleeping in your hammock!





    I consider it as a prototype because I didn't want to sew my first try with the originally planned Pertex Quantum "scrap-piece" I have still left from my first TQ-project which is much more lightweight and feels very soft on your skin. So, there's the next DIY-project on my list: A more elaborated down beanie with a grey ultralight Pertex Quantum shell.

    On the pictures above you're seeing a down beanie made out of:
    10g DIY-Supply 1.1oz/sqyd Ripstop Nylon also used for my TUQ-convertible, 15g of the same down also used there (700 cuin European reated, approx 800 cuin American rated), and a 5g piece of stretch fleece from a pullover. The beanie has been sewn on my footdriven grey Pfaff130. Altogether 31.1g (yes, 10+15+5 = 30, but don't forget the thread).
    Last edited by trinni; 09-18-2011 at 07:52. Reason: added hammock-relation....

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    Wow you did a very nice job on that project Trinni!

    Did you do any kind of mock-up's before, to get the sizing right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bomber View Post
    Wow you did a very nice job on that project Trinni!
    Hey Bomber! Glad you like it!

    Did you do any kind of mock-up's before, to get the sizing right?
    I've definitely made some models using scotch tape and scrap paper before, trying to get the size right. I'll probably sew another test-beanie to see if there is an other easier way to pattern the beanie. I've invested alot of time thinking about how which modification would change the actual filled beanie and I guess it can be done with a simpler pattern than the one I have used for this prototype.

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    Looks cool! Great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger View Post
    Looks cool! Great job.
    Thanks Avenger!

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    trinni, your work just keeps getting better and better! Fantastic looking "prototype" that anyone else would consider a masterpiece!
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    Wow! Well done! I like the color and the fit looks perfect. Not too puffy!

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    Wow, that's a hell of a great beanie. They are hard to make, but your 3d mockup skills must be helping you get the final product done so well.

    That's awesome!
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    Looking good with a warm noggin' Trinni...!
    That is a right goodie of a job. Be proud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    trinni, your work just keeps getting better and better! Fantastic looking "prototype" that anyone else would consider a masterpiece!
    Thanks MAD! I hope to get some time soon to work on my second try -- if the financee lets me...

    Quote Originally Posted by ljcsov View Post
    Wow! Well done! I like the color and the fit looks perfect. Not too puffy!
    It's just the standard olive green 1.1oz Ripstop that alot of hangers here must have in quantities from BWDD.
    To be honest, I'd like to make a more puffy one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonely Raven View Post
    Wow, that's a hell of a great beanie. They are hard to make, but your 3d mockup skills must be helping you get the final product done so well.

    That's awesome!
    Thanks LR! I think they're getting much easier once you know how. I hopefully will be able to make an even easier to sew pattern.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Looking good with a warm noggin' Trinni...!
    That is a right goodie of a job. Be proud.
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    Thanks Shug! Now that you are THE winter hanger here on HF do you have recommendations on how much down one needs on his head to sleep well at freezingly low temperatures?

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