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subway hat

Modern Top-Down Knitting
Knitting
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
small (18.25 in.), medium (20.5 in.), large (22.75 in.)

One freezing afternoon in New York City, I struck up a conversation with a woman on the subway who was wearing an old wool ski hat that she had cut up the back so that it framed her head like a bonnet. She told me that she had simply wanted the hat out of her eyes and to fall more comfortably around her ears. Inspired by the fit she achieved, I came up with this top-down knitted version in a cheery pumpkin color. I then lined the inside with fleece -- a simple step that adds warmth and structure.