I want to like this hat. And I know it doesn’t look that bad in the photos, but it just doesn’t work for me. Every time I see it, I think – ‘tea cozy’.
And now that I pointed out that it looks like a tea cozy, that’s all you can see, right? I thought so.
Pattern: Halus Hat
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
This hat had a fascinating construction to get the big vertical stitches – they are knitting in stockinette, and then when you get to the crown, you drop the sections down and ladder them back up with a big crochet hook. It’s such an interesting technique and a really cool effect- I would happily do that again in another project. It does create a thick, almost stiff sort of fabric which probably is a given considering the yarn is 100% wool in a super bulky weight. I’m very curious to see what the fabric would be like in a worsted weight with this techinque.
The hat looks fine from the front, I’ll give it that. But it just doesn’t suit my head – I think you need to be someone with really thick hair to pull off this style. Or just really love the shape for its own aesthetic qualities. Because of the aforementioned stiffness of the fabric, it doesn’t slouch at all.
I loved the yarn, though. This was my first time using Quarry and it was fantastic- it has great structure and produced excellent stitch definition. I would absolutely use the yarn again, but perhaps for a thick cardigan, or mittens. As for the hat- I’ve passed it along to a good friend who loves knitted hats and has thicker and more beautiful hair than I. At least the hat has found a good home!