I’m still knitting hats in chunky acrylic. I’ve made four in all and, together with a dozen or so more knitted by others, they’ll be tombola prizes at a local beer festival. Similar woolly hats apparently proved popular last year – but then, none of them were made by me.
I’m most pleased with the brioche hat. I haven’t knitted brioche since I made a little keyhole scarf, and it felt like time to refresh my knitting memory. I love the way brioche is reversible, with both sides equally interesting but different.
When it was time to decrease for the crown, I worked 3-round double decreases at five equally spaced positions around the hat, with five plain rounds (ie two and a half brioche rounds) between each set of decreases. This seemed to work, but it has made the hat a bit too long and pointy in the crown area. I just hope some of the beer festival contingent like their hats on the slouchy side. If I ever make another hat like this I’ll work an increase round every six rounds (ie three brioche rounds) instead of eight. And I’m not convinced that the added complication of decreasing over three rounds instead of one is worth the effort.
The final hat of the four used the same pair of yarns, but was a simpler knit with a bobble. The variegated yarn (Woolyhippo’s Baby Chunky) has pooled into camo-ish patterns that might appeal to the mostly male beer festival attendees.