It had to be at some point, that's for sure. My son requested this hat for himself. He almost never wants something knit from me, so I agreed happily, and went for yarn hunt in my stash.
chart: it's a free chart by Anne Rutten and you can find it here
pattern: no pattern, I just made it up as I went
yarn: discontinued Elann Peruvian Highland Sport (sad about the discontinue), it's great yarn, I used black (of course what else?) and light grey.
start-finish: March 17 - 21
mods: no mods regarding to the hat structure, but I did modify the chart, that is, the bottom pattern comes from "1000 Great Knitting Motifs" by Luise Roberts on page 103. Both my son and I didn't like the original base of the chart.
For this hat I did a SWATCH! I'm not a swatching girl, but this time, to get a good fit, it had to be a swatch first. Well, first I had to measure a head. I didn't like the plain ribbing I've seen others use for their hats, and I thought a folded hem would be nice. I'm pleased that by now as a knitter I'm good enough to make things without consulting books or patterns for everything. I've seen hems like that, but never knit one before.
The part which took the longest was picking up all those stitches from the provisional cast on. Black is not my favorite to knit with, but I like the finished product. I knit the stitches together, almost like a 3-needle bind off, but it left me with live stitches to go on.
The hat has been worn, and found warm and well fitting! Yippee! I was supposed to make another one in red and white, but I don't have those colors at hand, and I need a break from fair isle knitting. It's one thing to knit repeatable patterns like the bottom one, that's easy, but with the chart above, you have to look at every row, it's different every time, and there was A LOT of twisting, and untwisting, after each row. Anyway, I'm glad it turned out as well as it did.
I've seen the chart on mittens, and socks too. Just saying.... :o)