Somebody needed a new hat. Two somebodies, in fact, but this post is about the smaller somebody, in particular. The hat I made him three years ago was starting to feel a little snug and look a little crummy. Pilling and such.
He picked out the yarn, and I picked out a pattern that would keep me interested.
As an aside, do you know how I picked such a lovely pattern? I searched for hat projects that my Ravelry friends had made (if you have Ravelry friends, you should try it!) My contacts have such great taste, I knew one of them would have already made something perfect. And I was right – Grace‘s Fr. Dave’s Hat grabbed me right away.
I am so pleased with the result. Just one little complaint. The crown is a bit wonky, and I could be wrong, but I think it’s the fault of the pattern. I followed it to the letter through the first several decrease rows, and then just winged it at the end, and I think if/when I make this again I am going to do my own decreasing method right from the start.
(please forgive the blurry image – some people don’t know how to sit still. ahem.)
My main issue with the crown decreasing is the K2tog stitches. I feel like those spots should actually be P2tog, to keep the rhythm of the purled stripes going up the full length of the hat. If I make another one of these, I’ll try it my way and post my specific changes. At the moment they’re all theoretical, so I don’t feel comfortable sharing them.
This hat took me 3 evenings to finish. That’s a perfect size project, in my book.
Pattern: Irish Hiking Hat
Modifications: Just the winging-it at the crown that I mentioned above
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Sunset