« Seed Starting A Mini Tutorial | Main | Sneak Peek »



Introducing the Dorothea Beanie.  Embellished with leaves and twisted stitches it is named jointly in honor of one of my favorite Aunts, and Dorothea Lange.  

My Aunt Dorothy was the youngest of 8 children, born in 1916 to my great grandparents, successful Austrian immigrants.  She was a woman who was unafraid to try new things and challenge convention. Defying her father, a man of his era who believed that women didn't need a college education, she left home and enrolled in Wellsley.  (Her older sister Mary managed the family finances in those days and quietly paid for her tuition.)  Later Dorothy tried to enlist as a nurse during World War Two, this time her defiance of her father's wishes were thwarted by the family doctor who declared her to have heart issues that would prevent her from serving.  It was years later that she discovered the lie. 

Aunt Dorothy was only 12 years older than my mom and more like an older sister to her than an Aunt.  My mother spent as much time as she could with Dorothy and her sisters.  Their home was filled with creativity.  They were skilled weavers, knitters, crocheters, seamstresses, gardeners and flower arrangers.  My childhood memories of going to "the farm", the antique filled home of Dorothy and her two sisters, are full of joy and excitement.  There was always something interesting to explore and the conversation was never dull.   

Dorothea Hat

Dorothea Lange was an inspiring photographer whose moving photos from the American West during the depression are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago.  She is probably best known for her photograph "Migrant Mother".  Durring WW2 she cronicled the plight of Japanese Americans and their relocation to interment camps.  The faces of her subjects help us to understand the human side of these very difficult times. 

Dorothea Hat Top


Finished Measurements: 
Circumference 17” relaxed, will stretch to accommodate up to a 23” head.  For a larger hat adjust the gauge.
Brim to the top of the crown 7.5”.  Instructions are given for making a longer hat. 

Needles:  US 4 (3.5mm) or size to obtain gauge.  You may use DPN’s or Circulars whichever is your preference for working in the round.

Gauge:   26 stitches and 38 rounds = 4”/10cm

Artyarns Supermerino, 100% Superwash Merino, 104 yds/95m per 50 gram skein.  Color # 234 – 2 skeins.  (I used about 1/4 of the second skein.)

Additional Materials: 

Cable Needle
Tapestry needle
9 Place markers

See it on Ravelry

Price:  $6.00 US


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Dorothea:


another beautiful hat! congratulations, i love it :) also, your aunt dororthy sounds like truly an amazing person! definitely someone to look up to, what a great role model.

The hat is lovely, and I really enjoyed reading about your Aunt Dorothea! She sounded like a woman ahead of her time. I wonder how she took the news when she discovered she'd been deceived regarding the heart issue? One small lie can completely change the course of one's life.

That hat is great and I've added it to my queue, but more importantly I was struck by the emotion and, I think, stark, haunting beauty of her photograph. Stunning. Reading about her and seeing her photography made me wish I had had the opportunity to know Dorothea. What a remarkable woman!

After reading up on Dorothea--again what a remarkable woman--it is interesting to note that as recently as last May she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. And some of her work in shown at UC Berkeley, which I will definitely have to go see since I live relatively close. I can't wait to see some of her poignant images first hand.

Such a beautiful beanie!

Amazing pattern, such an interesting story. Dorothy was my grand-mother (my dad's mom), such a lovely old fashioned name that we never hear anymore. Needless to say,I will be buying the pattern!!

Wow, how wonderful to be related to such an inspiring woman.

How nice to read about your Aunt Dorothy. Your beautiful hat pattern is a lovely tribute!

Great hat! Beautiful pattern in it!
The story about Aunt Dorethy is amazing. Touching.. Indeed, this hat is a great tribute to her!

GREAT hat with a touching story. I love it!

What a lovely way to honor her. It's beautiful!

The comments to this entry are closed.