My boyfriend Scott is in the excellent habit of wearing any and all goods that I knit for him. I made him a hat eons ago, but really haven't made any for over a year, so with a lot of time in the car heading down to the Red River Gorge last week, I figured it was time to knit him one of a few for this year's chilly seasons.
I was originally going to give him 2 hats for Christmas, but this one was knit in fall colors, so I knew he had to have his Fall Hat as soon as possible!
Pattern: Jared Flood's (aka Brooklyn Tweed) Turn a Square hat (I believe this is the... 4th? 5th one I've made?)
Yarn: Cascade 220 for the beautiful deep crimson, and the awesome Noro Kureyon in colorway 263 for the variagated yarn striping band.
Needle: Size 7 bamboo, of course!
Time Frame: October 13-20, with pretty much the entire body of the hat knit on the 20th while blasting through Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Modifications: The pattern calls for the hat to be knit 5 inches from the brim before starting the decrease, and I believe I knit a little over 5 1/2 inches, since Scott's head is rather large. I also didn't use a smaller needle size for the brim as the pattern calls for; I stuck with size 7 needles the entire time.
Worst Part: Um.... nothing!
Best Part: Finishing the hat somewhere in Wisconsin, and having all my fellow lady climber friends want to try it on and requesting their own versions! If we do indeed take a spring break trip down to the gorge, knitting a Turn a Square for each of them may be a prerequisite for going on the trip. I feel like that would be a good surprise for all of them; plus, it will be a good stash-buster. I have a lot of medium-sized balls of Cascade 220 that need finishing...