You probably need only look at these photos to see why I don’t really wear hats — it’s not the best look for me. But I had this beautiful skein of Tosh DK in a color called Geranium, and for some reason I wanted it to be a hat. For me.
I always thought if I were to ever knit a hat for myself it would be something like Eyen or Hineri, or at least the Dimple. But having settled on pink — and given the ease with which that could get too cute for me — I decided to keep it classic. Just ribbing and stockinette, sized for options: the full-on hipster beanie; slightly rolled for a more subtle slouch; or tidily turned up and snugged down. As it turns out, it looks best on my favorite neighbor:
If anyone wants the specifics, here’s a pattern for you —
Materials: 170 yds of Tosh DK in Geranium; US8 needles (16-inch circular plus DPNs); 6 stitch markers, one of which is different from the others; tapestry needle
Gauge: 21 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette
Measurements: Brim circumfererence is approximately 14 inches unstretched, before blocking (fits my 23-inch noggin a bit loosely, as I like it); total height is 11 inches
On 16-inch circular needle, cast on 96 stitches
Place the unique stitch marker and join for working in the round
Knit K2/P2 ribbing until brim measures 4 inches
Switch to stockinette: Knit every stitch, every round, until piece measures a total of 8 inches
Decrease setup round: *Knit 14, k2tog, place marker; repeat from * until end of round (your original stitch marker continues to mark the beginning of the round)
Next round: Knit all stitches
Decrease round: *Knit until last two stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker; *repeat until end of round
Continue alternating one knit round and one decrease round (switching to DPNs as necessary*) until you’ve completed a knit round with 12 stitches on each needle, for a total of 36 stitches
Decrease every subsequent round until you have 2 stitches per needle; cut the tail and, using the tapestry needle, thread it through the last six stitches; pull tight and weave in ends!
*When switching to the DPNs, note that you’ve got six stitch markers — six sets of stitches — and divide them evenly onto 3 needles. You should have one stitch marker in the middle of each needle, so you’ll knit the last two stitches before the marker, then the last two stitches on the needle. Don’t worry if you lose track of that BOR marker; each time you’ve got an equal number of stitches on all three needles, you’ve completed a round.
UPDATE 01.13.13 — This hat now belongs to fashion designer Gretchen Jones, who looks a million times better in it than I did.