I have been feeling totally swamped by the monstrous sized knitting projects I have on my needles, (Relax pullover and Jackdaw pullover) that seem to just drag on and on and on and never ending so I needed something small and quick on my needles for balance and to get the high you get from binding off that last stitch and wearing what you have created. So I went back to my favourite source of inspiration, namely the wonderful BT Fall 14 collection (I want to knit every single piece in that collection, and I've already knitted 5 out of the 16 patterns - Hawser, Docklight, Hutchin, Ondawa (that had the little accident) and now Skiff).
This is another great hat pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. I love the cables and the doubled brim! I used Drops Merino Extrafine for it and it such a pleasant yarn to wear, so smooth and soft and not at all itchy!
Because I've noticed that my head is smaller than the "norm" (most of the hat patterns always turn out to be too big for me) I usually go down in needle sizes when knitting hats, and the BT hats tend to be especially huge on me. This time though since many had written on Ravelry that this hat had turned out bigger than expected and because my chosen yarn is somewhat stretchy, I decided that changing needle sizes wouldn't be enough. So I took a gamble and left out an entire pattern repeat, going down from 6 repeats to 5. This means I casted on 100 sts instead of 120.
I'm so glad I altered the pattern! The hat is still quite slouchy for me, and I don't even dare to think the size of it had I not left out that one repeat! If I'm to knit this again (and I don't see why not) I would also use smaller needles to make the hat a tiny bit more fitted, but otherwise I think it's quite perfect.