Pattern: Anstruther Hat by Erica-knits
Yarns: Main color Pirkanmaan kotityö Roosa Nauha Sukkalanka #58 gray
Contrasting colors Pirkanmaan kotityö Roosa Nauha Sukkalanka #54 salmon,
white Novita Pikkusisko & Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino 13 Navy
Hurray! The hat is now ready. I love it. Thank you, Erica! The size is perfect so my gamble with the needle sizes paid off. It knitted up faster than I thought: I think it took me longer to finish the ribbing than what it took to knit the whole fair-isle section. The pattern was well written and really easy to follow. The fair-isle section was also easily memorized, at least one row at a time ;)
I changed my mind about the colors I was going to use for this hat. I had previously chosen a light gray yarn as the main color, and off-white and two different pink yarns as the contrasting colors. But it started to look way too candy-floss like for my taste so I unraveled a bit and started again with combination of gray, white, navy and pink. I think it looks better now: there's more contrast between the colors and it doesn't look as childish. It even has a bit of retro vibe now.
I also liked the way Erica reversed the colors she used for the mittens (although she had also substituted the gray in the hat for green in the mittens). So another reason behind the color change was that I didn't want to make pink mittens but thought they would work better in navy.
I tested this hat already earlier today when I was going to Zumba. Vaasa is often nicknamed as "Finland's Chicago" - you know, the Windy City - and since we live like 50 m from the sea the wind was blowing like crazy as usual. This hat was actually warm! Almost a bit too warm if that is possible. The tightly knitted and doubled brim is really good against the cold October wind, I was amazed! So if you live in the real Chicago or just your country's equivalent of it, this is the hat to knit!
P.S. I'm sorry I haven't been able to reply to your comments in the past week or so, there's something wrong with my computer and it just won't load the reply-field. I hope some updates will fix it, fingers crossed! Thank you all for your comments, they are very much appreciated and make me really happy. I just wanted to tell you I've seen them but not overlooked them on purpose :)
I had to add this photo as well even though it's not the best one. I was laughing when I saw Milla photobombing this one :)