stitchnationyarn.com. The hat had an open, funky knit pattern that I loved and a great slouchy fit. The pattern recommends using 1 ball of Debbie Stoller's Bamboo Ewe yarn. Instead, I purchased 1 ball of Debbie Stoller's Alpaca Love (hey, it was on clearance in a deep wine color). Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking about the fact that a ball of Bamboo Ewe is significantly longer than one of Alpaca Love (177 yds. vs. 131 yds.). As such, I had to get a little creative in the finishing.
The pattern is easy to work and creates a reversible fabric (shown with WS out). Once I had worked about 7 1/2" in the pattern, though, I realized that I was not going to have enough yarn. So, I started decreasing rapidly at that point. I followed the pattern for the decrease rows and sort of skipped the rows in between. This gave the top of the hat a slighty pin-cushiony look that I actually really like. Because I had to decrease the depth of my hat, it doesn't have as much slouch as the original pattern would have created. I have a relatively small head and short neck, though, so the limited slouch doesn't bother me. Overall, great pattern and great yarn. There are plenty of other free patterns at stitchnationyarn.com. Take a browse and give one a try. Be creative and enjoy!