Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Brindille & Twig – Band Beanie Review

I’ve been searching for a great scrap busing pattern for a while now.  It’s something that I think is important when you sew to sell as the last thing I want is for all my leftover textiles to go to landfill.  So, when the Brindille & Twig Band Beanie caught my eye last week I knew I had to give it a go.  This is a basic beanie pattern suitable for children from premature to 6T.

What I Loved

  • The PDF pattern is seamless and really easy to stick together.
  • The instructions were very straightforward – the pattern is ideal for beginners.
  • Very little fabric is required – less than 0.25 metres for all sizes, making it great for scrap busting.
  • Only two pattern pieces – I’m all about simple patterns at the moment!
  • Each hat takes about 10-15 minutes to make – cutting out included!

What Wasn’t So Great

  • A three thread overlocker stitch is recommended.  I have a love hate relationship with my overlocker – I love her when she works but I haaaaaaaate threading her.  So switching from a 4 to 3 lock stitch isn’t something I want to do for an easy pattern.
  • No layers were included in this pattern.  I still managed to cut it out ok but with the pattern pieces being small, it is quite confusing to stick to the right line at times.

Tips for Next Time

  • I’m not sure there’s anything I’d do differently to what the pattern instructions state.

Final Verdict

The Brindille & Twig Band Beanie is a fantastic pattern and one that I plan to use for scrap busting going forward.  I have already used it to make some baby hats for my Etsy store and imagine I’ll be making a lot more in the future as well.  While I haven’t tried making a Beanie for Ember yet, it’s something I definitely plan to do soon.

The Band Beanie can be made in sizes premature to 6T and requires a lightweight rib knit.  I used cotton jersey on the two pictured and this worked fine.  The PDF version of the Brindille & Twig Band Beanie can be purchased from their website for $4.50.

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