I made up this pattern a few winters ago after a failed attempt to replicate a crocheted beanie/toque I’d found at Nordstrom Rack, made by some fancy jeans company – Seven for all mankind or lucky or something else I’ve never purchased. I spent weeks creating the pattern, and when I finally perfected it, I proudly put it up for distribution, only to have the mass majority of people comment that they “didn’t know how to wear slouchy hats”. Noses were turned up, hats sat forlornly on shelves.
So, a few months after said failed sales attempt, I took apart one of the hats and recreated a ‘regular, smash down on my head’ hat that I could wear out and about. Ironically, for all the hats I had made, none really fit me or looked good on me, and my head was getting cold! It was charcoal gray, very neutral, but I liked how the chunky yarn made my really huge head look not-so-huge. Seems rather counterintuitive but there you go. I distinctly remember waiting at Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C. after work for a friend’s birthday gathering, and out of excessive boredom, I whipped out a ginormous mustard flower. It was a hugely bold move for me (large statement pieces + large heads = extreme fashion failure)… I even left all the strings on the flower dangling and shoved them inside the hat for weeks, ready to rip it out at any moment.
The summary of said experience since, however, is as follows: of all the hats I’ve ever carefully crafted, designed, tested, modeled, sold, displayed, etc., this hat, by FAR, has received the most compliments, “where did you get that”s, and “Can I please buy one” than any other I’ve ever made. I suppose I should pay closer attention to supply and demand and provide on a more timely manner.
However, timely or not timely, here’s the pattern, available for your own fine creation, and modified to also include children and baby sizes. Hooray children and baby sizes! (Make a matching set for mommy and daughter – I’ve witnessed the cooings firsthand!)