I've noticed a lot of demand for basic slouchy hats...hopefully this will help fill some gaps. I used my handspun (sorry, most of the commercial yarn patterns are being filed under "top secret book contents") but most any bulky yarn would work. When subbing, I'd recommend working with something that works up looser rather than tighter (while still getting about the right gauge) so that it's not too stiff. For extra droop I'd recommend some bulky alpaca.
Also, I promise I'll get some decent on-person shots of this hat as soon as I can get someone to take some (I'm living the hermit life, what can I say?) For now, I'm experimenting in indoor, artificially-lit shots, since my house seems to get NO natural light in any useful room, and this weather is not helping a bit. These aren't awful...the colors are pretty accurate.
Pattern is as follows:
Gauge: about 8st/4in
Using size 13 circs (with dpns handy for the end), cast on 48 stitches and join in the round.
I forgot to measure yardage before I knitted it up, but I'm pretty positive it was under 100 yards, so you should be safe if you have at least that much.
Edit, since several people have asked: m1= "Make 1" (just pick your favorite increase)
1-3: Work in 2x2 rib (k2, p2, repeat)
4: k8, m1, repeat
6: k9, m1, repeat
27: k4, k2tog, repeat
29: k3, k2tog, repeat
31: k2, k2tog repeat
33: k1, k2tog, repeat
35: k2tog around
36: k2tog around
Draw yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends, add pompom if you want (I nearly ran out of yarn so mine is pretty...makeshift. Oh well.)
And hey, here's the yarn I used to make it, looking quite slouchy itself:
It's a navajo-plied silk/wool blend. I bought it at The Spinning Loft in Howell, MI, but the proprietor had bought it for herself at some wool festival, and was kind enough to sell it to me anyway when I mistook it for merchandise as long as I promised to show her what became of it. Pictures will be sent.
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