I started this hat in late 2019 or early 2020, I’m not really sure because I ended up putting it down at some point and leaving it dormant for a while!
My inspiration for this hat was something really squishy and cozy to wear in the early spring and late fall. The perfect hat for that chilly transition weather. A simple style with just enough detail to keep it interesting.
And the name….well I bet you can guess what I was drinking when I thought up this design 😉
I used Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird for this hat in the colour Linen which is such a soft and cozy shade of white. This yarn is so soft and squishy. It’s the perfect yarn for a cozy and simple hat. You may recognize it from the Hacked Hat pattern that I put out on this blog earlier in 2020.
I settled on reverse stockinette, knit inside out to avoid all that purling, with knit stitch details along the decreases to create the illusion of a seam.
One of the most challenging things to figure out for this design were the decreases. I’m used to decreasing on the right side using a knit-two-together and slip-slip-knit to create paired decreases, but this design is knit wrong side out so it required decreasing in reverse.
So I ended up using purl-two-together and -slip-slip-purl. The slip-slip-purl was a new technique for me and it took a little while to get used to. You can find a tutorial on Very Pink!
I almost gave up and just left it at a purl-two-together on each side, it didn’t look quite right but it would be “good enough”. I’m so glad I took the time to figure it out. It took a little trial and error but I finally got it! And it was totally worth all the extra effort.
I put this project in hibernation again after that, but the cool weather sparked my desire to finish this cozy hat.
Hazelnut Latte has been a staple in my wardrobe this fall and I love it so much. I hope you feel the same! You can download Hazelnut Latte FOR FREE on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hazelnut-latte