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What Inspires: Hinckley Boats

When I was a little girl my parents and I lived in Camden, Maine – a small town where the mountains meet the sea. I was a baby when we lived there, so my memories are a mixture of reality, dreams and stories my parents tell me now. One that I especially cherish is about the trips my dad and I would make to the Hinckley boat yard. For those of you who didn’t grow up with a sea-faring parent, a Hinckley is a very nice boat. We were there to see the sail boats and check out the gift shop for Hinckley hats and other knick knacks as Christmas presents – the closest we would get to owning a “Hinckley” for the time being. My whole life, my dad is either dapperly dressed for business or casual in his Hinckley baseball hat.

Hinckley – our dream boat

So when I was asked to design a men’s hat for the Fall 2015 collection, I wanted to make something for my Dad, something inspired by sailors. Hinckley, the hat, is knit in Vintage Chunky. It is long and can be worn slouchy or, my favorite way, folded twice at the brim like a watch cap.

I’m hoping to knit one of these for my dad very soon… though I may have to knit two because I can foresee wanting to steal it from time to time.

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Happy Making,


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