A few days ago I posted a book review on Louisa Harding's "Hats, Gloves, Scarves". The above hat is one of the projects featured in the book. I like the chunky stitches and the pattern is relatively uncomplicated. The hat is ideal for all those women who like wearing their hair up when wearing a hat, as it gives you more space than a beany hat. Having said that, the pattern requires you to pick up 72 stitches on the shorter edge of the brim before shaping the crown. I didn't quite manage to do this correctly and the symmetry of my crown suffers accordingly.
I am a perfectionist knitter and end up unhappy with a project unless it is entirely flawless. Most of the time I deliberately end up knitting a project twice. First time round I choose cheap yarns and familiarise myself with the pattern before I move on to dearer yarns.
The pattern specified Rowan Chunky Print. I was unable to source Rowan Chunky Print (Harding's recommended yarn) and therefore tried to knit the first version with Robin Chunky - another reason why my hat is a tad out of shape. Robin is a cheap 100% acrylic yarn, and my preferred choice when knitting a new project for the first time. You can see where you go wrong and improve during the second session without the risk of wasting loads of precious yarn.
For attempt number two I am planning to substitute Rowan Chunky Print with Rowan Cocoon, but as yet I am undecided...