I finished Nick's hat the other day along with two others just like it for a friend's 15 year old twin sons.
He wasn't sure what to think at first of the way it had to be folded up to fit, which made me wonder if I shouldn't make it so long. But, I think that's why it fits as good as it does. The yarn I used is from Brown Sheep Nature spun.Worsted weight. The felted pouches I also made were from this yarn and it hand felted so nice and quick! And best of all, made in the USA!
I tried and failed to make the "Top Down hat recipe" for a friend's son. (one of these days I'll learn to make a gauge swatch first!) It was my first time making a hat "top down" style. It went fairly quick. I started out knitting it on my size 8 double points, but switched over to my size 7 circular needles in the 16 inch length. I was a bit worried that the hat would come out too small, but when I switched it over, I noticed my tension went from very tight to normal.
The hat turned out great, except it came out way too big. It was supposed to fit a teen and it covers my eyes! Oops!! So, back to the drawing board.
Speaking of the Cambridge watchcap hats, the first wool one I made I used size 6 needles the whole time (which is what the pattern called for). The second hat, I made with a size 6 but for the decrease I used a size 7. Mainly because I had borrowed a size 6 dpn before and couldn't for one reason or another borrow them again. And also, because I wanted to be sure it fit Nick's larger head. Well, it was still tight fitting, so I gave it to a friend of his and it fit perfect.
Then the third and fourth hats I made I used size 6 with a 7 dpn decrease for the guy's sons. They had all tried on the second hat and liked how it fit, so I kept up with the revised way.
Now this last hat I'm making I was asked to make it the same way as before, so I guess the size 6 dpn's I just bought will never get used! lol Before I bought them, I was constantly finding patterns I wanted to make that called for them, and now I can't remember what they were. The brand of these needles are Brittany's and I really like them a lot! They are made in the USA and have a 5 year replacement guarantee.
Until next time!