December 05 2017 – Lisa
I made this hat recently and I am head-over-heels in love with it.Â I've been itching to share pictures, to wax lyrical about all its virtues, and to spread the word about this heavenly pattern-and-yarn combination. But I made a mistake. A fairly basic mistake. I had been swatching with Amano Mayu for a different project entirely. I had somewhat lofty intentions of designing a dressy winter scarf, with lace detailing a a bias swish to it. And then I remembered. I have two young children. I co-own a small business. We're organising a yarn festival! So I figured I'd leave the designing to the professionals, and I chose to knit Encircle by Woolly Wormhead instead.Â And it *is* beautiful! Right? The soft, icy blue shows off the cable detail to perfection and the texture of the reverse stockinette catches the light just so. On a a practical note the double-layer brim is my new best friend, saving me from the painful ear aches I get when the temperatures plummet and the wind starts to bite.Â If you suffer similarly, then I can highly recommend two plush layers of Royal Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere... But now, back to that pesky mistake: I cast on quite confident that this hat would use under two skeins of Mayu.Â However... I never read the guidelines on meterage. At all. I didn't even glance in their direction. So it's confession time: my version of Encircle ended up using 103 grams of this decadent blend of heavenly fibres.Â And I'm going to come right out and say it: this hat cost â‚¬96.70 to make (for three skeins of yarn, Woolly's pattern and the Textile Garden button). The good news? I'm here to tell you a few easy ways to knock â‚¬29.95 off that price tag. ðŸ˜‰ Some essential stats:
- I made the third size (to fit a 20 inch head), and the pattern specifies 229 metres of sport weight yarn.
- I added one repeat more to the height of the hat (I wanted a slouchier finish)
- So my medium size, slouchy hat used 206 metres of Amano Mayu (which is considered DK weight).
- Don't create the overlap at the brim. Instead sew or graft your ends together to make one continuous band.
- Knit the body of the hat to the length specified in the pattern (don't add the extra repeat like I did).Â I think you could still block the hat out to a slouchier style if desired.
- Knit a thinner / shallower band.Â Casting on just a few less stitches should save you a good bit of yarn over the length of the band.Â You will have to adjust the decrease instructions for tab section too then.