The minute Fall weather crept into the Midwest in late September, I spent all of my free time searching for knitting and crochet patterns on Ravelry. You can never get too early a start on Christmas crafting, especially when you tend to be as over-ambitious as me.
Only having knit for the past three years, and never attempting anything outside of straight, simple scarves, I decided to challenge myself by making a slouchy knit hat. My friend had lost their hat while traveling, and it seemed the perfect opportunity to replace their favorite hat while learning a new skill.
I chose the Graham pattern, a relaxed, broken rib reversible hat that only required I know how to knit, purl, and, occasionally, count. I worked in the round for the ribbing and body of the hat and then moved to DPNs (double pointed needles) for the crown.
While I am a serial shopper at Michaels, I wanted a nice, stretchy, yarn that would at least feel nice even if I messed up the stitches (which I did, several times. Only had to rip the hat out twice). I only needed one skein (around 220 yards) of this light gray, hand-dyed yarn that I bought at a local Des Moines shop, Yarn Junction Co. I love how the slight variation in color gives the hat a little more dimension.
You can view my project details on Ravelry, where you can find the original pattern as well. While the hat is reversible, I love the look and feel of the seed stitch side (technically the wrong side) best. You can also make this hat a regular beanie by folding up the ribbed edge and pulling it tighter on your head!