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You know that perfect balance point? The one right between 'you did something shockingly clever' and 'this was absurdly simple?' The one where you walk away feeling like you maybe did something sneaky, because the end result looks so much niftier than the amount of effort you put in should allow for?

Yeah. This hat rides that balance point absolutely perfectly.

You start with a ribbed brim (easy peasy), then work about two dozen rows of a nifty little sunburst pattern.

Once that's done, you find a crochet hook and three quiet minutes to do Precisely One Very Very Slightly Fiddly row. All you're doing is dropping down a couple columns of stitches and gathering them back up with a crochet hook (if you've ever picked up a dropped stitch with a crochet hook, you've basically already done this part!). There are step by step photos, it's not at all hard, but you probably do want to do it in a moment where you can hear yourself think.

Once that One Single Fiddly Row is done, you take a moment to admire your work (because wow is it pretty!), then the rest of the hat is just plain old stockinette until you reach the decreases. Thus making this project the absolute perfect balance between clever and easy and impressive and mellow.

Which honestly? Sounds like just what I could use right about now...

The hat is written in six sizes (castons of 93, 101, 109, 117, 125, or 131 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 and 25.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

This is perfect for you if:
  • You need a mellow project, but still want it to *look* like you did something impressive
  • You’ve suddenly realized just how unspeakably adorable you and everyone you know looks in asymmetrical hats
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)

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