FO: Jacques Cousteau Hat

Jacques Cousteau Hat

This nice blue hat was made for my partner for his summer birthday. He selected the pattern amongst a number of hat patterns I showed him in early spring. He was a fan of M Cousteau growing up.

This popular pattern has been in my queue awhile. Looks great and I made a lot of mods from the pattern including using an worsted/aran yarn and another needle size. I tried 120sts on 3.5mm and it was too big. I hoped the 100sts would not be too tight and it fits well for a toque. The only thing I may change next time is that the double decreases do look abrupt at the top when you aren’t wearing it. I am not sure how I’d alter it. Other than that, easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Yarn is workhorse and very twiggy. Also love using a Canadian producer.

Jacques Cousteau Hat

Jacques Cousteau Hat, started June 2, 2017, finished June 15, 2017.Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat by Lalla Pohjanpalo
Made for: P – 23” Head circumference
Yarn: Briggs & Little Regal – 100% wool – 46 Royal Blue – 272 yards/249 meters – 113g – 1 skein
Needles: US6 4.0mm – 40”/100cm circular

Jacques Cousteau Hat

Modifications & Notes:

  • German Twisted CO 100 sts on 4.0mm
  • Knit K3P2 for 8”
  • Decrease: sl1, k1, psso
  • First dec row: K21 in pattern, dec, pm; k32 in pat, dec, pm; k23 in pat, dec, pm; p2.
  • Knit in patt until 2 sts before each marker, dec, slip marker, repeat
  • Knit dec for 2” then double decrease row: K in patt until 4 sts before each marker, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, slm, rep – until 12 sts remain
  • Break yarn, pass through sts

Jacques Cousteau Hat

Cost of Project: $4 for skein
Would I knit it again? Yes and maybe decrease slightly earlier and/or make it taller.

FO: Cabled Dad Hat

Cabled Dad Hat

With so much leftover from the Lion Brand Fishermaen’s Wool, I decided to make myself a hat to match my cowl.

Cabled Dad Hat, started November 16, 2016, finished November 2, 2016. Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Cabled Dad Hat by Alexis Winslow Ravelry Pattern Page
Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool – 100% Wool – much less than one skein.
Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm and US 7 – 4.5 mm long circulars

Cabled Dad Hat

Modifications & Notes:

  • German Twisted CO 96 instead of 120
  • 1×1 Twisted Rib for 3.5”
  • Knit the main rep almost 7.5”. I should have knit more because I didn’t realize how fast the hat decreases. Not a big fan of how the hat decreased as the pattern has them too quickly and on dec rows, right after another.
  • If the hat were the original 120, it would have been too big. I do think going up to 5.0mm would have been good to make it a smidge bigger.

Cabled Dad Hat

The modifications resulted in a slighter tighter band if the band is flipped over. The best thing is that when left unflipped, the hat fits my hair bun wonderfully. I think I could have made the rib 4″ which would have been very slouchy, but my hair would have fit nicely in there.

Cost of Project: This was one third of the skein which cost $7 a skein years ago.
Would I knit it again? Yes.