Time to Knit
It’s officially knitting season in Michigan, and my first make is this functional and fun Skiff Hat pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. Knitting the Skiff Hat Pattern is not difficult- I completed mine in less than a week- and makes a lovely, satisfying project.
The Perfect Hat Pattern
Finding the perfect hat pattern has always eluded me. I wanted a finished hat that is both warm and interesting to look at. Knitting cables into the pattern was my prefered goal since I love the finished look and the challenge of working those twisting stitches. I also knew I wanted a taller version which would allow for the perfect amount of slouch when warn. The pom-pom at the top was also a must! Armed with my want list, I began to look through hat patterns and was plesently suprised to find the Skiff. This pattern has two versions- beanie and double-brimmed watchcap, and I chose the latter.
Knitting the Skiff Hat was not tricky, but I did need to remind myself how to read a pattern. And in this case, the project is knit in the round, so the directions reflect that change. The instructions were clear, and the design itself is beautiful. I’m also glad that I looked at the Pattern Errata on the website before I started since my version had a significant change.
I selected Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter Yarn in the Snowbound colorway. This just-thick-enough yarn felt great on my needles and even better on the finished product. Initially, I wanted to use the Fossil colorway but decided at the last minute to go with Snowbound since it would match more of winter gear. And after making this first hat, I could be easily convinced to make another one 🙂
I used a standard cast on method and worked the ribbing as directed in the pattern. Since I made the watchcap version of this pattern, the extra ribbing creates a warm double folded brim. From there, the cable pattern starts and continues all the way through the decreases/shaping.
The best part of this hat, aside from the finished version, is the cable knitting itself. Watching those twisted stitches come to life, round after round is so satisfying! I used these cable needles and found the biggest one was perfect for this project. The small ridges on this cable needle made the stitches secure and omits the need for the traditional bend of the cable needle. I was a bit sceptable at first, but once I tried it I was won over. These cable needles also feel really great in your hands and are small enough to fit into my knitting tin so a win all the way around.
The other fun part of Knitting the Skiff Hat Pattern was the pom-pom! I ended up purchasing this Pom-Pom Maker from my local craft store and used the large size (blue). The pattern calls for a slightly smaller one, but after making both, I found the large one was a better fit. I’ll admit here that I am not a great pom-pom maker- even with the tool. I struggled to get the tie just right and in the end used thread instead of yarn to get it all together and secured. After wearing the hat a ton already, I’m glad I made a more secure tie around the pom-pom and have not had any trouble keeping it on the hat.
What about you? Have you knitted this hat pattern yet? I would love to know what you think of it and how yours turned out. As I’m writing this I’m seriously contemplating making another one!