Have you ever come across one of those hat patterns that promises it looks good on everybody? You know the ones I mean…the kind that offers hope to those of us who never try on hats when out shopping with friends for fear that we’ll look like total freaks? And then, when you knit one of these said hats and finally try it on in the privacy of your own home and it actually looks terrible, you end up feeling worse than when you try on a pair of jeans that are too small because:
1. Does this mean that you have a genetically mutated skull or something? After all, the pattern promised that this hat would look good on the entire human race.
2. You spent all that time and effort making something that you can’t even wear. Of course, you could give it to a friend, but you will just feel jealous of their normally shaped head whenever you see them wearing it.
Well, if you’ve ever gone through this traumatic experience, fear not, for I have found a hat that truly looks good on everybody. The Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik MacDonald can actually be worn three different ways, tripling your chances right off the bat. My favorite way to wear this hat is with the scrunchy part in the back, but you can also position the gathers in the front for a turban-like look or off to the side. You can even add a brooch or buttons for extra drama.
The other great thing about this hat is that it is really easy to make–as in it can be made in about the amount of time it takes to watch a movie (barring any major catastrophes). Although this hat is simply knit on straight needles, sewn together, then gathered to create the scrunch effect, I managed to mess things up. The first time I knit this hat (yes, I’ve made this hat multiple times), I failed to leave a long enough yarn tail, then broke my yarn in an attempt to gather the hat. To remedy this situation, I ended up redoing quite a few rows so I would have a long and securely attached yarn tail. If you make this hat, my advice to you is to leave a very long yarn tail at the end, triple or quadruple the length recommended in the pattern.
In the end, I’ve worn this hat more than any other item I’ve ever knitted. It’s perfect for walking the dog on cold days since the gathers conform the hat to the shape of your head and it covers your ears. It is also perfect for bad hair days (or in my case, days when you don’t even feel like attempting to do your hair) since it is knit in soft alpaca yarn and can be worn all day without your head getting itchy. If you ask me, this just might be the perfect hat.
Pattern: Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Source: Interweave Online Store
Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Chunky
Scarf: Garnet Hill
Jeans: True Religion