Baker Street Hat by Courtney Kelly FO

Pattern: Baker Street by Courtney Kelly
Source: Free Ravelry Download
Yarn: 1 Ball Rowan Kid Classic
Colour: Peat
Source: Romni Wools Toronto
Needles: 4.5, 5mm
Start: February 1 Finish: February 4, 2015
Modifications: Knit Ribbed Band 2.25"

Making post Christmas returns to a clothing store in late December I saw a picture of a model styled in an outfit that featured a hat like this in a coat like one I've worn for many years.

So during my colour-search shopping trip at Romni last month I picked up three balls of this gorgeous aran yarn with a plan to find a pattern to match it then wear it with, and so update, my old coat.

At first the yarn looks black, then closer up, dark, rich brown and then in differing levels of light it reveals a surprising array of other colours like red (which you can see in the photo above) and purple (seen below)!

I also like the lovely soft halo.

I expected to use at least two balls to get a proper slouchy hat but this knit up in well under one ball.

Its a great hat - warm but light! It somehow stays put without feeling like you're wearing much of anything and it makes no impression on even freshly washed and dried hair. Then when you take it off it slips easily into a pocket or purse, folding up into the smallest little square.

Its trendy but not to a degree that would make it look silly on someone of my "advancing years". Darling Daughter suggested I make the ribbed band more substantial so I added an inch to it.

It gives a bit more length for pulling it down over my ears when necessary (This kind of move could well eradicate the trendiness factor but form must follow function when the windchill is -25 as it so often is these days.)

As an added bonus its reversible and I would think, is also, a unisex design. (Is that still a term people use - "unisex"?)

Thank you Ms. Kelly for free access to a great pattern. Thank you for dropping by today!

1 comment:

Steven said...

I still think unisex is a word. And I do like this hat. I need to remember that one can be made with 50g of Rowan Kid Classic. This looks like the perfect project for that yarn.