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Decorum noun propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance

Ok, I'll just say it right at the beginning, the wee pointy bits at the top are optional. You absolutely can wear them, sticking up, being all adorable, as you go about your day.

This is, in fact, how I will most likely be wearing mine.

But, if you're not quite sure that your day calls for that level of exuberance, you can also tuck them in to make a delightfully sculptural (if slightly more subdued) top.

And you don't have to pick one or the other and stick with it. You can switch between them with about ten seconds of effort as you like. Because sometimes you just need options.

And as for the knitting, it's an awful lot of fun. Start with a quick ribbed brim (just enough to look good, not so much that you want to stab yourself with a knitting needle to make it stop). Then transition into two lovely cabled panels (just enough to show off and keep you focused) flanked by stockinette (to keep things mellow and give your yarn room to shine). Then a quick bit of magic at the top to shape things up (I promise it's not hard, and you will feel remarkably clever when you're done).

It's basically exactly what I want in a hat. Fun, easy, just enough going on to hold my attention, not so much that it feels hard. And awfully darn cute when you're done!

The hat is written in five sizes (castons of 116, 124, 132, 140, or 148 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 5, 5.5, 6, or 6.5 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 19.5 and 24.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

This is perfect for you if:
  • You didn't know you needed tiny little points on your hat, but now all of a sudden you realize that you totally do...at least some of the time
  • You want all the mellow comfort of knitting a hat...but maybe also something a little different than usual
It’s not for you if:
  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)

If you're interested in the companion mitts (shown in the second and third to last pictures), you can find them here. If you buy both patterns together at the same time, you'll get 50% off the second pattern (make sure you see the discount before you pay, the price for both pieces together should be $12.00).
You will get a PDF (2MB) file

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