Kids Will LOVE This Trail Of Knitted Post Box Hats In South London

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Last Updated 24 July 2023

Kids Will LOVE This Trail Of Knitted Post Box Hats In South London
Knitted Minions
A trail of knitted woolly post box 'hats' has been launched in Carshalton.

For those who love themselves a spot of yarn bombing, there's a new trail of knitted post box hats in south London that's sure to put a grin on your mush.

The Great Woolly Hat Trail 2023 — running from now until 14 September — invites people to find 15 post boxes sprinkled around Carshalton, each given a novelty knitted topper. Minions, unicorns, bees and Feathers McGraw, the villainous penguin from Wallace and Gromit, are among characters to look out for on this free, family-friendly adventure.

Two green knitted snails atop a post box
Says Carole Baker: "I try to choose designs that will prove popular to all age ranges, are colourful, and achievable in my sometimes tight schedule!"

The master knitter/crocheter behind these creations is Carole Baker, who tells Londonist: "I started decorating a post box in Carshalton High Street after being made redundant at the end of 2020. Christmas had been cancelled and I just wanted to spread some positivity around the local community.

A knitted Feathers McGraw
The trail is free, and runs until 14 September.

"When I put my post box hat out, the response was incredibly positive. The idea was formed then — if one hat could give this much cheer, imagine the outcome of loads at the same time!"

A knitted unicorn with rainbow mane
This is the first trail, but its creator hopes it'll become an annual or biennial event.

Each of the hats takes Baker around four hours to knit, and the characters on top, anything from two to 20 hours each — so this really is a labour of love. 2023 is the inaugural year of the trail but Baker is hoping it'll become an annual or biennial event, with other local craftspeople joining in.

Knitted bees on top of a post box
Love the googly eyes.

The Great Woolly Hat Trail 2023 is free to do — visit the website, and check out the map. If you happen to be in Carshalton on the weekend of 29-30 July, there's also a special lavender harvest going on.

All images by Carole Baker