I'm not the type of designer who makes everything ten times before finalizing it (I just rip back, eh) but occasionally I'll knock out a prototype. These poor things never get any attention- sometimes I completely forget to even put them on my Ravelry page, despite wearing them all the time. So I thought I'd snap a few shots yesterday before I completely wear out these two hats.
First up, the hat that eventually was remade as Meriwether:
Basically just a chunkier version, in Alpaca with a Twist Highlander. It also has a weird horizontal linen stitch brim dealio going on. I wear it all the time, because it's black and actually matches everything (you'd think I'd learn to knit in colors I wear, but I don't.)
The second hat is the precursor to the blue earflap hat in the ebook (which should be out, oh, say, REALLY SOON). It's made with some super gorgeous handspun of Vivian's, and even though it's got some mad laddering going on (I'm usually more adept with the dpns, I don't know what happened) and the earflaps aren't quite in the ideal location, I love it.
(my poor camera seems to be having a white balance identity crisis, but I kind of like the weird results. Not good for consistency, though.)
(hint- don't knit a hat with only 4 dpns. I think that's why crazy laddering ensued. Though it's really just the one.)
So yes. There you go, little under-appreciated prototype hats. You are officially documented.