My Poor Cold Head

Phannie (that's the name of the hat)
So while I've been considering your nearly unanimous advice to leave my granny square blanket as is (you do know that a pillow out of a different colour won't match the blanket, right?) (yeah, I'm leaning toward starting the blanket over), it's gotten cold here in Vancouver.

Now that I go to work outside of my living room, I suddenly discovered why slouchy hats are so convenient – no hat head!

So I whipped this puppy up. The pattern is Phannie, by Phoebe Gaughan, and the yarn is Sweetgeorgia Yarns Speed Demon. I used a 4.5mm hook.

The stitching was pretty dense, but I had a hunch the fabric would relax after washing and blocking and it did.

I made a few modifications. Most notably, I worked the post-stitch increases differently. The pattern called for them to be worked as "FPdc around post of next dc, dc in same dc," but it's really awkward to make a dc in a stitch whose post has already been worked around. So I did the opposite: I first made a dc in the next stitch, then worked around the post of the same stitch. I worked the beginning and end of those rounds to accommodate this change in stitch order.

I worked an extra round before beginning the decrease rounds.

The bottom of the hat was too small (even though I hit gauge), so working the band of single crochets made it too tight to wear. Instead, I worked one round of double crochet, which probably wasn't the best choice since it resulted in a convenient place for the hat to bend, creating a little ridge when I wear it. Anyway, I followed that with a few rounds of half-double crochet, and the hat fits perfectly.

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