It has been a while since I knit anything for my son, Prithvi and when he mentioned this fact to me last week, I felt a humungoid pang of guilt!! Determined to remedy this sad truth I cast on for a hat using some 100% alpaca yarn from Aslan Trends. If you’re looking for a soft yarn, this is definitely cloud-soft!!
I knew that garter stitch would be ideal and so I went on a Ravelry hat hunt. I came across a pattern that I thought fit the bill perfectly called the Rikke Hat. Of course, I knew that I would have to modify this quite heavily to make it guy friendly and also the my yarn was a different weight than what the pattern called for. So essentially, I would have to knit this with no road map.
We settled in to watch some PVR-ed shows and I cast on. I used the Twisted German cast on (heart!!) and got something like 86 stitches when I ran out of yarn on the tail*. Looking back, this was my perfect cast on number. I used smaller needles to knit the garter stitch brim for about 1.5 inches and then switched to larger needles to knit the body of the hat in a staggered 2×2 rib.
When I gave Prithvi his new slouchy hat, he rolled his eyes and said, “Mom, it’s an oversized beanie. Slouchy hats are for girls!!” Fashion lesson from my preteen, haha!
* If you’re planning to use this cast-on for a project that requires a stretchy edge, use a tail that’s three times as long as your usual long tail because this cast-on gobbles up that tail pretty quick.