I’ve never been much of a hat maker (or even much of a hat wearer, for that matter). It seems like most people get into knitting-in-the-round by doing a hat. Not me. I went straight to socks.
That doesn’t mean I don’t like hats, though. Hats are fine, and I’ve made a few. The first one I ever knitted was a plain old ribbed stocking hat for my husband. Then I made a cool colorwork hat for my brother and another one, in a colorwork class last year, that went to my daughter.
This year I made two chemo hats. The first was for my mom’s best friend, Mary. Mary lives in a cold part of the country and I thought she could really use something warm and cheerful to keep both her head and her spirits warm. Coincidentally, L turned me on to some new yarns by Quince & Co, so we decided to make hats for Mary with their bulky weight Puffin. Great yarn. The colors are very muted, and as such I didn’t really care for the color of the pink I ordered. But the yarn is lovely and soft and well-crafted and in every other way delicious and wonderful.
With one skein of Puffin I made an adult-sized Yarrow. This was a super-quick knit in bulky yarn on size 10 needles.
The other hat was Vivonne Bay, another free Ravelry pattern. I made this for friend T’s MIL. The yarn is Red Heart’s Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool and it’s done on size 5s (3.75mm).
For some reason I could not wrap my brain around this pattern. I think it’s because, five rows through the pattern repeat, you slide the stitch marker one st to the right, and then back again two rows later. In any case, it took me three attempts to get through the first repeat. After that, I finished the hat in about a day. If I were to do this pattern over again, though, I would add another pattern repeat. It fit fine circumference-wise, but seemed kind of short.