Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1898 Hat free pattern

I recently discovered this wonderful free "1898 Hat" pattern and went a little crazy making up a bunch of these hats.

There are so many reasons to love this design:
  • The double-thick band is extra warm and provides complete protection for the ears.
  • Because the band is worked in garter stitch, it's soft and squishy and kind of feels like you're wearing a lightweight but insulating and ooshy-cushy pillow wrapped around your head.
  • It's easy to vary the finished size of the hat while using the stitch counts as written by simply altering the yarn weight and/or needle size.
  • The style works for practically anyone: male or female, young or old.
  • The crown design can easily be modified to achieve different looks (even though the ones I've made thus far are plain). Find a bunch of creative ideas by browsing the pattern's gallery of finished projects.
  • The construction is very straightforward and not at all difficult. I especially love the modified i-cord technique used at the bottom "crease" of the hat band.

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