I've been doing a little knitting lately. Oddly, I get the urge to knit hats in the heat of summer. This one, modelled by my Didi, is knit in a lovely silk wool blend. I added the stripe using a scrap of banana fiber to give it a little style.
Little did I know how important the "slouch" is in hats for teens. I have made several and they have been tested by Di and several of my sons friends (skater boys and musicians) and the amount of slouch that a hat has is super important to the overall look of the hat. Too much or too little slouch and the hat will never be worn. This hat has just the right amount of slouch, so several more will be made for back to school. An all stripey one will be next.
This hat is stitched in Madeline Tosh Sport Yarn and it has the softest feel to it. A little less slouch in this one, but still in the acceptable range, I'm told.
I've been playing around with a variety of hat patterns with mixed results, and finally just decided to create my own. Hats are pretty simple and knit up so quickly that they make great practice pieces. I did have one fail, though. I made up a simple baby hat, loved it, so I knit it up in a much lighter yarn, using the same size needles. The finer yarn made the hat much smaller and I now have a little hat that is just the right size for an American Girl doll. Live and learn.......