birthday hat

I think it was one of Erica Lea’s tweets that lead me to this post on Knitting Glasses.  I pictured it in a pale alpaca yarn, stitched to be extra slouchy and super soft, a bit more beret than stocking hat.  The whole time thinking of my friend who has a birthday shortly after Christmas.

I put off starting until after Christmas because the band looked complicated.  I followed the link in the pattern to the tutorial video and realized it was actually pretty easy.  The hat came together quickly, especially once I was past the smocking.

The pattern called for switching needle sizes, but I used 3.25 needles for the entire project.  That kept the bottom band from getting too tight.

Then came the always so anxious moment of giving the gift.  No need to worry, she loves it.

5 thoughts on “birthday hat

  1. Erin says:

    Did you knit it to the length in the pattern or did you extend it? I like the look of this hat and it’s hard for me to see the back of the hat in the original patterns images so I was just curious.

  2. Teresa Bergamini says:

    On the smocking rows are there any stitches between the smocked part that are just purled or knit? It looks like it in the picture but the pattern calls for smocking stitches wrapping all the stitches in 6 stitch increments- which means that you are knitting the purls and purling the knits of the rib pattern every other group of six.

  3. mybricole says:

    I’m so sorry I can’t give a definitive answer but I’m pretty sure I followed the pattern. I’m not that strong of a knitter so I doubt I would improvise. I was so long ago I just don’t know for sure. Sorry!

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