Will write about this at http://line4line.blogspot.ca.
About the yarn: I actually used a DK weight, which I held double stranded as I knit. I think this was a really good plan, in the end, cuz the visual problem with the twist, IMO, is that it’s too thick and bulky when knit in the same yarn as the rest of the hat. Another option might have been to use a slimmer needle than the pattern calls for, but I think this worked optimally.
Final Measurements: 8 inches deep by 19 inches wide (unstretched).
Here’s extra tech info - for those with small heads:
- While getting gauge, drop the stitch number from 42 to 33 or even lower, depending on the height of your crown - you’ll be knitting the rib body of the hat flat - along the circumference. Then you can measure the circumference you require by wrapping the flat piece around your head.
Remember, when knitting this you have to consider 2 things - the circumference of your head and the depth from your crown, to where you want the hat to reach over your forehead.
My aim was a hat with 19 inches circumference (to stretch to approx 20-21 inches when worn) and 8 inches of depth (much less than that which the pattern calls for).
With this yarn, my gauge was 4 st per inch. I want a depth of 6 inches (before knitting the top section of the hat, which will add another 2 inches or so in hat depth). So I cast on 24 stiches - as opposed to the 42 suggested. Given the drape of my yarn, after blocking I got the body of the hat to 19 inches in length (circumference) and 6 inches in width (height before adding the top of the hat).
Then, because I didn’t read the instructions, I seamed up the sides before adding the top of the hat. So I ended up picking up and knitting IN THE ROUND. I think this is easier than the flat method suggested, though not as user friendly for a beginner.