HoBoHandmadeUK

HoBo Handmade - Chunky Hand Knitted Pom Pom Bobble Hats

Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom · 219 Sales

HoBoHandmadeUK

HoBo Handmade - Chunky Hand Knitted Pom Pom Bobble Hats

Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom 219 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(61)

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! xx Tracy xx

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 24, 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! xx Tracy xx

Tracy Berry

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5 out of 5 stars
(61)
tanisha

tanisha on Aug 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Tracy worked with me to create a custom order as I wanted a specific color that wasn't available on her listings. She was responsive and updated me about the status of my hat once I had ordered it and answered all the questions I asked even before I ordered it. It arrived packaged nicely as well. It's the perfect hat for cold autumn and winter days and I can't wait to use it soon! Thanks Tracy!

rickghouse

rickghouse on Jun 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic earwarmer. It's beautiful and comfortable. And it even fits my big head (I'm hard to fit for headwear). Funny I couldn't find anything even remotely close to this in Canada or the US. I had to order this from the UK!

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Updates

In my courtyard garden studio blush New colour, just added to shop. A lovely variegated green/blue grey colour with a mustard yellow pom.
Beautiful slate grey chunky Merino wool pom pom hat on my needles hearts Choose any colour pom pom on request x
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

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More information

Last updated on Feb 10, 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 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.