Hoo boy. I wasn't sure about this hat until about two days ago. See, I was inspired to make it when I saw my friend Ondrea working on a really cute version just about a year ago. It stuck in my brain, but I sometimes have this problem where I can't use anything in my stash for a project because it just isn't quite suited to it. I had my heart set on some Tosh Merino Light in some sort of grey, and I finally found the right color at one of my LYSs about six months ago. I swatched, got gauge, and cast on, but realized after knitting about a foot of the brim that I had cast on with the wrong size needle. A while after that, when I was no longer angry at it, I cast on again, knit the brim in a day or two, picked up and knit the body of the hat, and then tried it on my head.
And it was tight. Like, really tight. And silly-looking. I put it down for a month or two, then finally threw caution to the wind and finished it the other night. And lo and behold, a good blocking has turned it from a "maybe" into a "hell yes". Lumberjack helped me pick out these nicely weathered wooden buttons, and I sewed it all up this last weekend.
I call it the Stevedore hat because a good piece of it was knit in the front seat of my car in Ballard, a part of Seattle known for its maritime industries, while killing 10-20 minutes before class in the morning.
And can I just say that Tosh Merino Light is one of the most fun yarns to work with, ever?
Okay. Glad we had this talk.
Pattern: Little Things by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in colorway Tern, about 210 yards of a 420-yard skein
Needles: US 2.5 DPNs for the brim, size 4 US 16" Addi Turbo Lace circulars for the body
Mods: I only picked up something like 120 stitches when I initially picked up stitches for the body of the hat. On the next row, I increased eight stitches evenly across the round. It doesn't seem to have affected the fit or anything.
I also only knit 1 inch of i-cord instead of 2 inches at the top, since 1 inch seemed long enough.