That’s when my love comes tumblin’ down

Pattern: An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Poems (100% wool), colorway 571
Needles: U.S. 10 1/2 Harmony wood Options 32″ circular (magic-loop style)

Big yarn. Big needles. Bulky cables. It’s the same impulse that led to my scarf in Tweedle Dee for Mrs. Bennett. And on November 29 of last year, it led me to search out a chunky hat that would match the sorority-girl fashion sense of my beautiful, stylish teaching assistant Lauren.

I held this shaded-stripes worsted-weight yarn double, and it might have actually been a little better with size 11 needles; the fabric was just a smidge on the stiff side. Tried to match the color repeats up, but ended up with them staggered a bit. No matter. I love these grays, dark to light, and the rough-hewn sensibility of the yarn made the knitting rugged and wintry.

The knitting took all of two hours from cast-on to weave-in. After soaking and aggressive blocking around a mixing bowl, it was a perfect fit. And when I gave it to Lauren, it looked beautiful atop her head. She’s one to appreciate the handmade, as an avid crocheter and sewer herself. It was exactly as I envisioned it: big, warm, yet for all that, a subtle pleasure.

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