I'm so pleased to introduce the Confection Hat, published in the Winter issue of Knitcircus. The idea for this hat came about as I was leaving work one day and saw a young woman walking ahead of me. She was wearing a spectacular slouchy hat. I must admit that I followed her for as long as I possibly could to capture every detail. Her hat featured an entirely different texture, but the shaping by gathering was what most intrigued me. I went straight home and found a drapey worsted weight yarn and put together a simple lace pattern with reverse stockinette tucks. I added graduated tiers of lace and tucks, topped with a fun pompom. Wear the gathers to the back or side. The pattern comes in a full size range from Baby to Adult Large. The hat can be finished in no time and makes a gorgeous accessory to give away or keep for yourself.
The hat uses 2 balls of Valley Yarns Northfield and #6 needles. A crochet hook was used to make the gathering cord, although you could replace it with i-cord or a purchased ribbon. The yarn has a nice drape and lovely stitch definition. The hat is meant to be loose-fitting with the gathers taking up some of the extra ease.
I had a lot of fun designing this hat. I went through a few different iterations on this one before arriving at the final product. I wanted to show a couple of pics of the original. The design is fairly different from the final version but this shows how I had envisioned the hat being worn as an alternative to the magazine pics--lower on the head in more of a slouchy cloche way. I'm especially fond of wearing the gathers in the back.
I'm also giving away a copy of the Winter pattern collection and subscription to Knitcircus. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Be sure to leave an email address so that I'll have a way to contact you. I'll use the random number generator to pick the winners on Monday.