In a gesture of love and gratitude for the gift of my engagement ring, I finally felt the curse lift and started work on a stocking cap for The Baron. I gave it to him for Christmas in the midst of a mini-hiatus from blogging, but since it’s my first knitted gift to him I want to show it off.
Here he is, modeling the hat:
Since the hat was a surprise, I made the brim of the hat extra-large by starting with a way-too-big cast on and knitted according the the pattern for a stocking cap by Nathalie Godbout. I gave him the hat before knitting on the fringe, and with one of my long Options needle cables serving as a giant stitch-holder. I had him try it on, wove in a piece of waste yarn at the spot he designated, and then ripped back to the waste yarn. I knitted on the fuzzy fringe and voila! A custom-fit hat.
My one modification: instead of alternating between tiers with and without decreases for the entire hat, once I got to a certain (arbitrary) point I decided to just do a slip-one, knit-two-together, pass-slipped-stitch-over decrease (three stitches become one) every other row. I think it worked out fairly well and produced the kind of long, smooth taper down to the pom-pom that I know The Baron was hoping for. You can see the decreases here:
A final note: The Baron picked out the novelty yarn I used in the trim of this hat for its color and softness and specifically requested a dark teal, very soft and smooth yarn for the hat itself. I like a man who knows what he’s looking for in a handknit.
Edited to add:
As Marsha pointed out, yes, this hat is made with the dreaded novelty yarn. I was fairly horrified when The Baron picked out this yarn as the one he absolutely positively loved, because I had no idea what on earth I would do with novelty yarn (blech!). I can report, however, that this yarn was soft and delicious to work with and has held up well (so far) to frequent wearing. It’s Fuzz, made by the Great Adirondack Yarn Co. and purchased at Websters in Ashland, Oregon. The body of the hat was knit with Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK.