Growing up Southern, I never had to wonder what sort of hat would suit me. The weather simply didn’t necessitate a winter hat (though I did wear a fancy Easter hat the year I was 14, oh yes I did). When we moved to Michigan in January 2001, I didn’t own a single hat (or pair of mittens, or pair of snowboots, or a sufficient winter coat), and I tried to keep it that way. Hats mess up my hair! Hats don’t fit my huge head! I don’t want to wear a hat! I spent that whole first winter hatless. Yeah, I can be ridiculously stubborn. And stupid.
When fall rolled around, and the stores began stocking their cold weather gear, I suddenly realized the error of my ways. Winter gear was not a burden to be endured – it was a whole new fashion opportunity! I happily ensconced myself in a camel-colored coat, a matching bucket hat, and a Burberry scarf (on sale at the Burberry outlet!).
I have to admit I’m still not a huge hat person. Though they provide a grand opportunity for accessorizing and also for using up a special skein of yarn in a cute and quick way, they still mess up my hair. I love that old bucket hat – a lot – but it still smooshes down my hair.
The wee Francophile in me has always wondered if I could pull off a beret. I’m not sure if this cap I’ve made qualifies as a beret or not, but I believe that my answer is Oui!
It doesn’t fit me the way it would most people – my hair pretty much fills up the slouchy part, and it’s not as flat on top, again, because of the hair. You can see in this sideview that it’s more like a big loose hat on me than like a true beret.
But friends, I’m am pretty thrilled with it. It’s a totally different look for me, but I think it works. I love the color, I love the cables, and I love that I can pull it over my ears without having the brim too far down over my eyes. AND: it doesn’t smoosh my hair! Two thumbs up for that, y’all.
pattern:Mondo Cable Cap by Bonne Marie Burns from Chic Knits – this was a free Mini-Mystery Knitalong that ran from September 26 to October 10. We got three clues spread out over those two weeks – fun! The pattern was officially released (no longer free) on Monday. The Mondo Cable is featured in other patterns this fall, including one I have been itching to make: ( Mondo Cable Cardi)
yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, in Marron Oscuro, less than 1 skein – I’ve had this yarn in my stash for awhile. (I used a skein of it a couple of years ago to make My Old Man a Ribbed Watchcap – so, woohoo! Now the hubs and I have matching caps)
needles brim was done in size 5s, the rest was size 8s
cast on: September 26
finished: October 11
notes: If you make this (which I highly recommend – it would make a great super-quick gift), do make sure to block it on a dinner plate for the full slouchy-effect. The blocking completely changed the look of the hat.
Merci, Chic Knits! Merveilleux!