HoBoHandmadeUK

HoBo Handmade - Chunky Hand Knitted Pom Pom Bobble Hats

Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom · 390 Sales

HoBoHandmadeUK

HoBo Handmade - Chunky Hand Knitted Pom Pom Bobble Hats

Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom 390 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   Quality designer made original hand knitted headwear. For lovers of outdoor life. Bespoke chunky knit bobble hats, beanies and ear warmers. For men, women and kids.

A warm welcome to HoBo Handmade - a range of earthy, stylishly simple, chunky knit handmade hats and headbands.

Everything from design, to hand knitting and finishing is carried out by me in my studio in Leigh-on-Sea, England. All items can be customised for size, colour and pom pom colour on request. Pom poms are removable so you can choose extra colours or wear without.

See my FAQ's at the bottom of my shop for hat sizing, head measuring and more information. If you have further questions please dont hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for visiting HoBo Handmade - Be warm, look cool, wear HoBo!
xx Tracy xx

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 9, 2017

Quality designer made original hand knitted headwear. For lovers of outdoor life. Bespoke chunky knit bobble hats, beanies and ear warmers. For men, women and kids.

A warm welcome to HoBo Handmade - a range of earthy, stylishly simple, chunky knit handmade hats and headbands.

Everything from design, to hand knitting and finishing is carried out by me in my studio in Leigh-on-Sea, England. All items can be customised for size, colour and pom pom colour on request. Pom poms are removable so you can choose extra colours or wear without.

See my FAQ's at the bottom of my shop for hat sizing, head measuring and more information. If you have further questions please dont hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for visiting HoBo Handmade - Be warm, look cool, wear HoBo!
xx Tracy xx

Tracy Berry

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Gorgeous new colour in my SPARKLY range. Deep Red - perfect for Christmas? Also available in 9 other colours heart
In my courtyard garden studio blush New colour, just added to shop. A lovely variegated green/blue grey colour with a mustard yellow pom.
This photo was taken by Leigh Life Magazine for an article they did about HoBo Handmade blush All hats are available to order in my shop x
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About

The HoBo Story

Based in Leigh-on-Sea in the east of England, a coastal town on the Thames estuary. Full of unique character, charm and colour, and a thriving artistic community. The galleries and pavement cafes, the famous cockle sheds, colourful fishing boats, cobblestone streets, the sandy beach which, when the tide goes out, becomes a beautiful muddy landscape.

I grew up in London but have lived in several places in the UK. I've worked in several industries and I've travelled the world. Backpacking and working, in Europe, Asia, North Africa and Australia.

It all started as a portable hobby and a passion for making things. Then a dream - a portable business that I could take anywhere in the world - the idea for HoBo Handmade was born.

It was 2006 on the homeward bound journey of another adventure travelling the world by train with my husband, Mike. We continued our travels in the UK in our trusty old motorhome, working as we went, and I knitted. Constantly! I think I was always looking for that thing that felt right. We have now returned home (just 30 miles from London where I grew up). We have no plans to move again (except for the occasional short adventure!) - Turns out, for me, heart is where the home was! I had found my passion - knitting!

The name HoBo Handmade is derived from the words Homeward Bound, with a nod to our nomadic lifestyle and love of train travel! The song of the same name by Simon and Garfunkel also featured heavily on our playlist while we were away and, on occasion, a little homesick!

I like to think of myself as an artisan expressing myself and my values through 2 knitting needles and a ball of yarn. I hand knit earthy, stylishly simple, thick chunky hats, cowls, beanies and scarves.

To me earthy means practical, hearty, natural and uninhibited. Stylish is being comfortable in your own skin, finding who you are and being that person, both in the clothes you wear and the life you live. Simple to me means living your authentic life, without clutter or unnecessary adornment. All of these things form the basis of HoBo Handmade.

Hand knitted either in my winter studio, a lovely corner of my flat where we have a cosy log burner and lovely big, bright sash windows, or my summer studio in my little courtyard garden and sometimes at the beach a few minutes from my home!

HoBo is inspired by my travels around the world, the wonderful fabrics, textures, colours and people that I came across, and my lovely home town. The colours of the fishing boats and local festivals, the sights of the beach and sounds of the sea, sometimes calm and serene, sometimes crashing and wild, but always with a rhythm that soothes the soul.

Ten years of building my knitting skills, plus my lifetime (so far) of amazing experiences, all come together to make your HoBo Handmade accessory.

But enough about me! What about you, may I ask you a question or two.....

....do you love long walks on the beach in the winter sunshine, beachcombing, collecting driftwood? Or days when it's windy, raining or snowing but you just have to be out there, feeling the elements on your face, watching the waves crashing, or the crunch of leaves under your boots?

....do you love returning home after an exciting adventure to a crackling log fire, a big steaming pot of stew, and snuggling down with a good book or a great film?

....do you love small indie music festivals and gigs. Acoustic guitars and maybe ukuleles and mouth organs? Strolling down cobblestone streets and browsing handmade markets?

....do you sometimes like to get a bit messy and pull on your comfy boots and an old chunky knit jumper, it may have a few little holes but you just can't bear to part with it?

....do you like to have your own unique style and are confident enough to wear it?

....do you like the simple things in life?

Yes? Then you ARE HoBo - You need the accessories that go with your lifestyle, you need them to be made with the heart and soul of someone that holds all these things dear. You need to live this life looking your best unique cool self. Lets go on a journey together. Here's to the next adventure!

"Be warm and look cool"! With love xx Tracy xx

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this exciting journey, it's been an amazing adventure so far. I am grateful to you all and am looking forward to the future of HoBo. It is continually evolving.

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  • Tracy Berry

    Owner, Founder, Designer & Maker

    When I'm not busy designing and knitting you will find me walking along my local beach, beach combing or swimming when it's a bit warmer. I love hiking, snow, sand, off grid camping, music festivals and small handmade & farmers markets! xx

Shop policies

Last updated on April 5, 2016

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Returns and exchanges
I want you to be completely happy with your HoBo accessory and I want you to love wearing it as much as I loved making it for you. For your peace of mind I therefore offer you a 14 day return policy if you are not happy with it for any reason.

Just contact me as soon as possible and within 14 days to let me know and once I receive your item back, in its original condition and packaging, I will issue a refund. Please open the postage bag carefully so that you are able to reuse it if you need to return your item. Return postage costs cannot be refunded.

For non UK returns please mark as a 'returned item' for customs purposes.

If you ARE completely happy with your purchase I would love it if you could leave me some feedback on Etsy so that I (and others) know that you liked it. Also feel free to use #wearhobo on Instagram/Twitter and tag me @HoBoHandmade to show me photos of you wearing your new HoBo item! I would love that! I'm also on Facebook.com/HoBoHandmade

Thank you xx
Payment
Payment can be made by Credit/Debit Card, PayPal (you don't need an account) and Etsy Gift Cards through Etsy Direct Checkout.

If you are new to Etsy and would like help with the buying/checkout process please have a look at www.etsy.com/uk/help/article/339?ref=help_search_result

If payment is not received within 4 days of placing an order, and I have not heard from you. the order will be cancelled. Please contact me if you are having difficulties with the payment process or need more time to pay and I will do everything I can to help.
Shipping
I want the order/delivery process to be as simple and fast as possible for you. Please read the details below to ensure a smooth transaction.

Orders will be shipped to your Etsy address, please double check that it is correct.

Made to order items will be dispatched within 5-7 working days after payment is received.

Ready to ship items will be dispatched within 3-4 working days after payment is received.

During quiet times it may be quicker and during busy periods it may be slightly longer but I will always keep you up to date and let you know when your item has been posted.

Your item will be sent via Royal Mail Small Parcel Post from the UK and will be carefully placed in its own natural coloured organza gift bag and tied with a bow at the top. It will have a HoBo Handmade Swing Tag attached with matching yarn. It will then be packed in a chocolate brown mailing bag for protection against the elements.

For UK Customers: I use 2nd Class Signed for as standard to keep costs to a minimum but you can upgrade postage to 1st Class Signed For or Special Delivery Guaranteed 1pm Next Day at checkout, there will be an increased charge (normally £4.40 or £7.25 respectively) PLEASE NOTE: Next Day delivery applies from the day your item is dispatched, not from the order date.

For International (non UK) Customers: I use International Tracked/Signed For. The estimated delivery time for this service is 5-7 days. This is the time it takes to reach the country of delivery, not the delivery address. Final delivery time depends on Customs for each country but please allow an average of 2 weeks from dispatch. PLEASE NOTE: Any customs duties, import charges or taxes are the responsibility of the customer as I have no control over this. Please familiarise yourself with the customs regulations and any related costs for your country before ordering and check any restrictions on importing items, for example, I believe wool is on the restricted list for Australia. Any related customs charges are not included in the item or postage price.

Lost or Delayed Items
Royal Mail do not consider an item lost until 25 days have passed from the due delivery date. Please contact me if your parcel has not arrived so that I can help to resolve the issue.

Please message me if you have any questions.
Additional policies and FAQs
All HoBo accessories are made in my smoke and pet free studio with care and attention to detail.

I always try to describe items as accurately as I can and include as much detail as possible in my photos, please note that colours can vary slightly from screen to screen. Please ask if you need any further details and please check size carefully before ordering.

HAT SIZES AND HEAD MEASURMENTS
To measure your head to ensure a good fit use a soft tape measure (or a piece of string and measure the string on a ruler).

For the circumference measure all the way around your head just above your eyebrows and ears in a straight line (basically the largest part of your head). The tape should be snug but not tight.

For the length (head height) measure from the top (crown) of your head to the bottom of your ear.

Different hat styles will have different fits, for example slouch hats will be looser and longer than an upright bobble hat which will feel a little snugger.

Choose the size (below) that best matches your head measurements. If you are unsure please contact me.

APPROXIMATE HAT SIZES
Toddler = (12 months - 3 years) to fit head circumference: 18" to 20" 46 -51 cm Head height: 7" 18 cm

Small = (Child - Teenager) to fit head circumference: 20" to 21.5" 48-55 cm Head height: 8" 20cm

Medium = (Adult Man/Woman) to fit head circumference: 21.5" to 22.5" 55-57 cm Head height: 8.5" 21cm

Large = (Adult Man/Woman) to fit head circumference: 22.5" to 24" 57-61 cm Head height: 9" 23cm

Extra Large = (Adult Man/Woman) to fit head circumference: 24" to 26" 61-66 cm Head height: 9.5" 24cm

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If you have any questions please message me through Etsy. Other ways you can contact me include:
email: tracyberry [!at] hobohandmade.uk
Instagram.com/HoBoHandmade @hobohandmade
Facebook.com/HoBoHandmade
Twitter.com/HoBoHandmade @hobohandmade
Website: www.hobohandmade.uk

More information

Last updated on Oct 11, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

All items are designed and handmade by me. All hats can be made in mens, womens or childrens/toddlers sizes. You can also choose different pom pom/hat colours, sizes etc. Just drop me a message and let me know what you are looking for. I welcome custom orders.

How to measure your head for a great fitting hat

To measure the head to ensure a good fit use a soft tape measure (or a piece of string and measure the string on a ruler).

For the circumference measure all the way around the head, just above the eyebrows and ears, in a straight line (basically the largest part of the head). The tape should be snug but not tight.

For the length (head height) measure one side only. From the top, towards the back of the head (the crown), to the bottom of the earlobe. See below (or individual listings) for the hat size to choose.

Hat Sizes

Please measure your head (see above). Contact me if unsure or send me your measurements for a custom fit hat.

Toddler (approx 12 months - 3 years)
To fit head: 18"-19.25" (45.5cm-49cm) Head height: 7" - 7.5" (18-19cm)

Extra Small (approx 3-12 Year Child or XS Woman)
To fit head: 19.5" - 21" (49.5cm-53.5cm) Head height: 7.5-8" (19-20cm)

Small (Average Teenager or Small Adult)
To fit head: 21.25" - 21.75" (54cm-55.5cm) Head Height 8-8.5" (20-21cm)

Medium/Large (Average Adult Size for Women or Men)
To fit head size: 22" - 22.75" (56cm-58cm) Head height: 8.5-9" (21-23cm)

XL (Adult)
To fit head size: 23" - 24.5" (58.5-62cm) Head height: 9-9.5" (23-24cm)

XXL (Adult)
To fit head size: 24.5" - 26.5" (62-66cm) Head height: 9.5-10 (24-26cm)

Care instructions

To keep your HoBo accessory looking it's best please wash as directed below:

Remove pom pom before washing for best results!

100% Wool items: HAND WASH ONLY in warm water with mild detergent, wool wash or a gentle shampoo. Squeeze, do not wring or rub. Rinse in clear warm water and squeeze out excess. I do not recommend fabric softener. You can safely use the spin only cycle on your washing machine to remove excess moisture or roll in a towel and apply pressure. Reshape and lay flat to dry away from direct heat.

Wool Blends and Acrylic items: Hand wash as above or you use may use the the wool cycle (or 30 degrees delicate) in your washing machine. Reshape and lay flat to dry away from direct heat.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items are handmade by me in my smoke and pet free studio with great care and attention to detail.

Your HoBo item will have a woven 'HoBo' label sewn to the brim or edge. It will have a HoBo Handmade swing tag attached with matching yarn and will arrive in it's own organza gift/storage bag, tied with a bow at the top.

I use 100% recyclable, strong mailing bags to keep postage weight low and to protect it from the elements.

I can add a gift message to the dispatch receipt and remove the price if you prefer.

If you have any other requirements please let me know.

Colours

I always try to describe items as accurately as I can and include as much detail as possible in my photos, please ask if you require further details of an item.

PLEASE NOTE: colours can vary slightly from screen to screen depending on your settings.

Removable Pom Poms

All pom poms are removable. This makes washing much easier and also means you can wear your hat with or without. It also means you can choose to change the pom pom for a different colour, matching or coordinating with the hat. Just let me know your requirements.

The pom pom ties on, I just pop the ends of the ties through the top of the hat, in the natural gap between stitches, and tie a single knot and bow inside the hat. It makes it simple and easy to remove before washing, and means there is no button or hook showing if you want to wear your hat without the pom pom.

Delivery and Postage

**Dispatch times vary, please see individual items for current timescales**

It can range from 1-3 days for ready to ship items and up to 2-3 weeks for made to order items depending the length of my waiting list.

I ship worldwide using First Class Tracked/Signed For postage. For this reason I cannot post to PO Boxes, Packstations, etc. as they will not accept items that require a signature.

I am happy to combine postage for more than one item. Please contact me and I will advise you of the cheapest option available for multiple items.

Shipping upgrades are available to UK customers. I use First Class Signed For as standard. You may choose Next Day Delivery at checkout but PLEASE NOTE next day is PLUS dispatch time.