Colder weather around these parts has rekindled my interest in hats. I see that there are a great many permutations of this garment. I’ve found patterns for beanies, caps, berets, headbands…etc…The head seems to be fertile territory for knitwear.
I began my hat journey with a nice, easy top down cap using the instructions from Barbara Walker’s invaluable Knitting From the Top. You cast on 8 stitches and increase 8 stitches every other round until your head would be covered by the circle you create. Take note pinheads and big, head knitters, this is a great approach for any size head.
I added the folded up double rib at the hat bottom. I’m no fool, I know two layers over the ears are better than one. I’ve also decided that Lamb’s Pride Worsted is indeed soft enough after washing to wear on my head. I was a bit worried since it has the dreaded mohair content, but I worried for naught. I’ve still got tons of this stuff, so up next is the Cassidy’s Cap from the lovely Bonne Marie of Chic Knits acclaim. So cute.