Ever had an itch that you just needed to scratch? Despite knowing that I'm not really a hat person (although I would like to be), I knew as soon as I saw Verity that I needed to make it. In fact, I went out and bought yarn ASAP after seeing the pattern release.
I knit the hat in slightly less than one hank of Malabrigo worsted in Olive. The yarn was not as drapey as the yarn called for in the pattern, so my row gauge was considerably shorter. I decided to knit the large hat to accommodate for the short, non-poofy factor. Then since my head was truly a medium, I knit the band down to the medium size when I attached it. I did this evenly around the brim by knitting two hat stitches together with one brim stitch until all the extra stitches from the large size were removed. This strategy worked for fit and for the most part its looks, but you can still see that mine is quite a bit more stiff than the original.
The yarn was super soft and it eased quite a bit after I gave it a full wash. I still can't believe I was able to get the whole hat out of less than one hank given that it seemed like I was running out of yarn most of the time I was knitting.
The pattern was very well written and it makes me really excited to work on more of Ysolda's patterns. I've been a long time admirer of her work, but this is the first project I've knit. I also wanted to pay a little homage to her pattern photos by taking mine at the botanical garden at Balboa Park. (Although, I have to say my weather was a bit different ;-)
Anyway, while I'm not a big hat wearer, I do hope to wear this one when the San Diego weather deems it appropriate, which means it probably won't see too much wear until next winter. However, I am bringing it with me on an up and coming snow boarding weekend, so hopefully it isn't completely done for the season.