Pattern: Hutchin by Jared Flood
Yarn: Drops Fabel #113 ruby red
Needles: 2.5mm and 3.0mm
I really liked the first Hutchin hat I knitted a short while ago, but the hat didn't really turn out the way it looked in the Brooklyn Tweed photos. Mine was a tad too big for me and instead of being a smallish beanie like it was supposed to be, it turned out to be a very loose slouch. The fact that I knitted it with cotton yarn didn't really help either since it only stretches the more I use it. I like the first Hutchin despite these shortcomings and I've used it a lot, but I still wanted to knit another one to get the kind of hat I wanted to begin with.
This time I used the rest of the ruby red Drops Fabel (leftover from the Stricken socks) and went down with the needle sizes. I started the ribbing with 2.5mm needles, skipped the part about the tubular cast on (I didn't really like the look of it the last time) and did a long tail cast on instead. I changed for 3.0 mm needles when I reached the cabled part. I was a bit unsure whether the 3.0 mm (US #2.5) needles would be good or too small since the original pattern called for size 4.0 mm (US #6), but I came to the conclusion that it's easier to try and stretch out a hat that is slightly too small than to end up with yet another one that is too big and try to shrink it just the right amount. However, my worried were unnecessary, 3.0 mm was the perfect size.