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To be shocked at the price of knitted hats for newborns

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Belini Wed 19-Oct-11 18:45:10

I was out shopping today for my twins due in Jan and found only a couple of shops that sell knitted hats for newborns. They both had them priced at £15.99. AIBU to think this is expensive or is this the norm?

SecretNutellaFix Wed 19-Oct-11 18:46:45


Were they hand knitted by Peruvian virgins from spider silk?shock

Mothercare sell plain white knitted hats for newborns for £3.50.

Kytti Wed 19-Oct-11 18:49:03

WTF?! Get yourself to Mothercare! eBay! Where were you shopping? Harrods? My twins were perfectly happy with a boy / girl set from eBay. £2.50 each.

Flisspaps Wed 19-Oct-11 18:50:55

Go to a charity shop or to your local hospital (who will probably have a shop) where you can buy hats hand-knitted lovingly for a couple of quid.

Belini Wed 19-Oct-11 18:53:15

grin @ secret. Thankyou at least 2 other people on my wave length. My mother suggested if I couldn't afford to buy them hats I couldn't afford to have them. I really did think that it was overly expensive i'm off to have a look on mothercare website or teach myself to knit.

colken Wed 19-Oct-11 19:24:39

If you haven't had your babies yet, why don't you get down to work and knit things for them? A baby hat would take about an hour. If you don't know how to knit, you must know someone who can!

Why does everything have to be bought? Buy a handknitted cardigan from a jumble sale and undo it for the wool.

colken Wed 19-Oct-11 19:25:32

Well at least it wouild be cheaper than new wool.

ThePumpkinKing Wed 19-Oct-11 19:27:09

They sell nice ones in hospitals usually.

In the 'Friends' shop.

BabyDubsEverywhere Wed 19-Oct-11 19:28:26

Make friends with someone old, all old ladies knit grin

ScaredBear Wed 19-Oct-11 19:30:37

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Marymaryalittlecontrary Wed 19-Oct-11 19:39:44

Hey, it's not just old ladies that knit! I'm not quite 30 and I love knitting! In fact, all friends/relatives/people I vaguely know receive a knitted hat, pair of booties, cardigan and blanket all made by me when they have a baby. I love knitting baby hats, and would never charge £15.99 for one! Obviously the people I give them to get them free, but if I were to charge I don't think I could justify charging more than 2 or 3 pounds at the most!

twoandtwins Wed 19-Oct-11 20:02:52

If you like knitted hats then have a look a a website called It where people sell their own hand made goods from pictures to earrings etc. Last year i bought two hand knitted Christmas hats for £5 each! x

Marymaryalittlecontrary Wed 19-Oct-11 20:12:49

Ooh, I could undercut folksy and do them for half that price!

twoandtwins Wed 19-Oct-11 20:19:27

You could have a nice little business! Do little mittens too smile

MrBloomsNursery Wed 19-Oct-11 20:24:21

I bought a set of knitted hat and mittens for a newborn from Next Clearance for....£1 grin

herbietea Wed 19-Oct-11 20:36:44

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RantyMcRantpants Wed 19-Oct-11 21:21:11

Ask on the Arts and Crafts board I am sure one of the lovely ladies on there will knit you a few hats.

HollywoodAgentForTheLivingDead Wed 19-Oct-11 21:25:39

I asked in our local knitting shop, that also sells baby clothes, whether they had any knitted gloves when DD2 was a newborn a couple of years ago.

The owner said her sister would take great pleasure in knitting her a pair, and to call in for them the next day.

They only charged me £1.50 smile

Although that can't beat my auntie, who kitted her out with a whole knitted outfit for free grin

Both bloody lovely!

angelpantser Wed 19-Oct-11 21:28:13

I knit and I think that's outrageous. There was a thread in Arts & Crafts earlier this week about charging for your time for handcrafted items and even factoring that in I couldn't justify charging that much.

Happy to help if you want a handknitted ones. I do mittens too!

ChippyMinton Wed 19-Oct-11 21:28:42

All my babies were cleaned up and handed to me already wearing hand-knitted hats courtesy of the hospital friends. Blue for the boys, pink for DD smile. Maybe yours will too?

dmo Wed 19-Oct-11 21:31:33

motercare £3.50 buy one get one half price grin

Sparklees Wed 19-Oct-11 21:33:49

Lots of the more fancy knitted ones are often used as photography props (and are actually often quite impractical as "proper" hats) so maybe some of the high prices are for that reason?

For a bog standard knitted hat with no frills, that is an excessive price though.

weevilswobble Wed 19-Oct-11 21:43:32

I love that story hollywood! £1.50!! Thats fab! smile

Marymaryalittlecontrary Wed 19-Oct-11 21:51:24

I am also available for all your knitting needs! Seriously, I love getting orders for knitted things. Especially at the moment as my husband is working away for the next 6 months or so and I like to have knitting to do in the evenings when it gets a little lonely.

Marymaryalittlecontrary Wed 19-Oct-11 21:53:18

Oh, I meant to add I have photos that I can email to people to show them the things I have previously knitted to prove I am not completely rubbish! grin

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