Frankie Fedora by Nina Machlin Dayton
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Frankie Fedora

February 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
200 yards (183 m)
Small, Medium, Large, but easy to make larger or smaller
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My Italian grandmother loved Frank Sinatra, although with her thick accent her beloved’s name came out “Frangie Snarfu”. This hat was inspired by a photograph of “Frangie”, a fashion icon in his day, wearing his trademark hat tilted to the side, looking stylin’. I became fascinated by the challenge of creating a knit fedora, and this is the result.

This snappy knit fedora hat is worked sideways using short rows. It can be worn as a fedora (as shown in the photos), or pulled down on the head to look more like a traditional bucket style hat. The brim can be worn up, down, or both, giving the hat a lot of different looks, easily adaptable to the individual style of the person wearing it.

The pattern contains a photo tutorial on all aspects of short rows used in the pattern, as well as a photo tutorial on the finishing that gives this hat its unique shape.