Penchant by Hunter Hammersen


January 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches = 4 inches
in Ribbing as shown on Brim Chart
US 6 - 4.0 mm
175 - 225 yards (160 - 206 m)
See notes below, at 4.5spi, fits a head of about 17.5 [21.5, 25.5] inches
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Penchant noun
- a definite liking; a strong inclination

I love how tiny changes in your knitting can have huge effects in your finished work. Sometimes that gives us headaches (oh, it won’t really matter if my gauge is off by half a stitch, will it?). But sometimes it lets us experiment with variations on a theme (and that’s much more fun!).

Both of these hats start out the same way, but then one tiny change (just moving the decreases around a bit) gives you two totally different versions. Both are lovely and fun to work, and I suspect you’ll end up making both!

Each hat is written in three sizes (a 72, 88, and 104 stitch cast on), 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 4.25, 4.5, or 4.75 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size.

I worked my hats with a deep brim and a fair bit of slouch, and they took about 200 yards each. If you wanted to make a closer fitting hat with no brim, you could probably get away with as little as 175 yards of yarn. And even if you went super slouchy, I don’t think you’d ever need more than 225 yards.

These are perfect for you if:

  • You love the idea of variations on a theme
  • You believe two hats are better than one
  • You’re looking for flexible, versatile, wearable hats

They’re 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)