After I cast off the Plain and Simple Pullover I immediately cast on a hat from the Old Maiden Aunt BFL Aran I bought at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. And then finished it the same day (minus the button which had to wait until the next day). It was very nice to have something that worked up so quickly and I really like the result.
Firstly the yarn. It is so squishable and was very nice to work with. It’s lovely and thick, not dense at all and not at all splitty. The hat is worked at 18 stitches per 4 inches and this made a very nice slightly dense fabric. The colourway is Army and Navy and is a semi-solid dark grey which seems to match with every colour you might want to put with it. I’m definitely keeping this yarn in mind for the future.
The pattern. The hat starts with a provisional cast on, you work the brim then fold the brim in half and join it together. This gives the brim some stiffness which helps the shape of the hat. After that it’s several inches of straight knitting before decreases as the top. The only bit I might have changed is to work another row of decreases at the very top as 12 stitches was a bit hard to pull tight. It’s a good fit for me but someone with a big head might want to watch the tightness of the cast on and maybe have gauge on the slightly loose side.
Pattern: A Better Bucket Hat
Designer: Amy Swenson
Yarn: Old Maiden Aunt BFL Superwash Aran, Army and Navy, 85g
Ravelry project: here
Notes: Worked just as directed, button from Textile Garden, no mods.