What a quick knit! I finished this in under a week and I’m ready to cast on one for me. Last January a friend mentioned she might like a Broncos hat. We looked at a couple different colorway combinations and then put the idea on hold since football season ended. After I finished my most recent shawl I needed a little “bite of chocolate” before switching back to my next large-ish project. A hat seemed perfect and so I ordered some yarn and figured out gauge. She also wanted a two-color pompom, which I did make. I had the project done and washed in a week and was able to give it to my friend in person (she lives in another state). I don’t have any pictures of her wearing the hat but she’s going to a Broncos game later this month and I hope she’ll take one then!
Moving on. My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – Botanic Hat (Ravelry pattern here) from Stephen West (website here). This is a beanie style hat worked in two colors by alternating row colors and slipping stitches. Two contrasting colors would work best. My only critique of the pattern is that, for the price of the pattern, there is only one size available. The designer states you can adjust sizing by using different weights of yarn but that’s pretty limiting. Pattern is $6.00 on Ravelry.
Yarn – I used Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Rav link) (Malabrigo website) in the colorways Glazed Carrot (orange) and Azul Profundo (navy). Rios is a worsted weight 100% superwash merino plied yarn that is kettle dyed. It’s wonderfully squishy and soft, maybe even moreso than the unplied Malabrigo Worsted.
Pattern Mods and Notes –
1. Circumference – the pattern indicates the hat will fit a 22 inch to 24 inch head. Even with the smaller needles I used, it’s a bit big on a 22 inch head. Not so big it’s unwearable but definitely loose.
2. I used 0.45 skeins (94.5 yards) of the orange and 0.30 skeins (63.0 yards) of the navy, which means I could get a second hat out of the two total skeins (one of each color) I bought.
3. Pattern calls for US 6 and US 7 needles. I could (kinda) get gauge with US 5 and US 6 but to get the hat smaller, and make the fabric look better, I used US 4 for the whole hat.
4. The pompom. I don’t particularly love pompoms. I don’t wear them and I was honestly surprised my friend wanted one. I made a couple test pompoms using the second smallest pompom maker out of my set of four. The pompom still seemed a bit lopsided, even after trimming. I finally quit trimming because I was worried there would be no pompom left.
5. I added some length. The pattern says to knit until you have 6 inches before starting the crown. I want hats to cover the ears so I went to 6.5 inches. Much better.