My head is rather large. I blame it on a combination of Italian and Irish ancestry, but regardless, there it sits atop my neck like a watermelon on a stick. Therefore, slouchy hats with deep brims and nubbly textures are my jam.
When it was was my turn to design the March Hat for our Year of Hats series I grabbed a skein of Germantown in honey (my favorite colorway), and chose an addictively simple texture stitch. I added an extra deep brim with a tubular cast on for good measure, and finished it off with one of our custom leather tags and a big pom pom. It’s a hat destined for my regular winter rotation.
I love a good tubular cast on; it makes any edge look polished and tailored, so my designs are usually guaranteed to feature both tubular cast ons and bind offs. It’s a fun and applicable technique, so I made a no-frills video to show how I work a crochet provisional cast on (Don’t be scared! It’s easy!), which is the foundation round worked in waste yarn prior to the tubular cast on.
After working up the sample, I realized that I had made a hat in a larger-than-usual-size for a universal size. Meaning, it fit my head splendidly, but the pattern needed an additional smaller size for those with smaller domes than my own. Therefore, this pattern is available in an 18” and 20” finished circumference, and is shown here in the 20”.
We’ve made up kits for this hat that includes 1 skein of Germantown in honey, 1 custom leather tag, and 2 butterflies of matching and contrasting yarn to attach your tag. Find the kits at our participating stockists and place an order today!
Happy Hat Knitting!