This was such a satisfying hat to knit. The tubular cast on is the most amazing thing I have discovered in knitting so far. This cast on is used when you are doing a 1×1 ribbing and want an invisible and stretchy edge. You cast on with some waste yarn, follow the instructions, and then after a few rows you can undo the waste yarn. Magic.
The decreases that form the shaping at the top of the hat are also very sleek. But be warned in between the tubular cast on and the mitered decreases is a lot of knit one, purl one knitting so be prepared for some boring knitting. I was knitting with a slightly variegated making it a little more interesting and I knitted most of it over the Christmas and New Year holidays and wanted something easy enough to be able to talk and knit at the same time – it’s the perfect project for knitting groups.
This hat was meant to be a Christmas present but I didn’t finish it in time, so now it will be Dipak’s birthday present this year. Now I am on the prowl for some plain black yarn so I can knit Pietro one for his birthday.