A Knitted Hat (that looks good on me!)

I finally found a hat style that looks good on me: It's the tam (or beret? or slouch?). Whatever, the designer calls it, the loose, flowing style looks good on my round face. Hoorah!

I just finished a hat like this and I've worn it almost every day for the last week. I've gotten so many compliments on it, which never happens when I wear a hat—even a beautiful handknit hat. I know that I don't look good in beanie-style hats, but there haven't been a lot of alternatives until the last couple of years, as looser hats have become popular again.

Here are some tams/berets/slouchy knit hats I love from the Knitting Daily Shop:

     Holiday Lights Tam by Catherine Sheilds

A simple slipped-stitch pattern with a twist drapes glass seed beads across this hat like strings of twinkling lights.

Careful shaping within the bead pattern creates a generous, slouchy-but-sleek tam shape without interrupting the placement of a single bead.

Faded Splendor Tam by Janine Bajus

This classic tam includes traditional Fair Isle motifs and muted colors inspired by the lovely shades of faded Persian rugs.

A tam has three parts: the band, the body, and the wheel at the top, which is formed by seven double-decreases every other round.

Halesia Hat by Catherine Sheilds

This hat was inspired by the leaves on a Two-Winged Snowdrop tree; large sketch-like leaves taper into the crown shaping of a slouchy hat.

Organic cotton makes for a light knit hat, but this patterns would be just as lovely worked up in wool, alpaca, or even cashmere.

Linocut Hat by Quenna Lee

This beret is brimmed with yarn held double, which gives it great stability and keeps in in place.

The Linocut features an adaptation of the ogee lace pattern. This lace patterns is an exaggerated leaf design framed by undulating lines.

It's beautiful and addicting!

Linocut Hat in blocking position

I blocked my hat by wetting it, putting it on a dinner plate, and letting it dry completely.

Tams and berets are larger than beanie-style hats, and it's important that the brim is a little snug so the hat stays put. So, when you're blocking your hat, make sure the brim isn't stretched at all.

The photo at right shows the Linocut in blocking position (pretend there's a dinner place inside the hat). You can see that the ribbed brim isn't pulled apart. That's the way to do it. Oh, and I put the dinner place on a mug so that both sides of the hat got air while it was drying. Voilà—my new favorite hat!

I hope you'll try one of these knitted hats. I think this style is flattering on everyone.


P.S. Do you have a favorite hat style? Tell us about it in the comments!

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