I love watching the colours in hand-dyed yarn emerge in my knitting project. Even more fun is seeing how a colourway knits up in garter stitch and in stockinette. For our cold Canadian winters my favourite hat is big and slouchy; knit tightly in a lightweight yarn, it is highly versatile - you can fold it over a few times and pull it down low for maximum warmth or leave it single and long to blow in the breeze on a mild day. Presenting a hat with all my favourite things!
This pattern is written for light fingering weight yarn; however, it is easily modified because you can try on the band as you go, so adapting it for other weights shouldn’t be difficult. The biggest calculation would be the number of stitches to cast on, which determines the width of the band - but hey, it’s a big, fun hat, so don’t be too worried! Additionally, because you pick up the stitches for the stockinette body around the top of the garter band, it should continue to fit with very minor adjustments as you work horizontally, regardless of your yarn.
Skill Level Advanced beginner
Yarn Light Fingering, 1 x 100g hank or less (pattern can be easily modified)
Gauge is not tremendously important but you want a stretchy garter band, so fairly tight (see garter gauge above for reference).
I will be knitting this in other yarn weights and will update the pattern as I go.