I love wearing all kinds of hats, but the slouchy sort are my absolute favorite. They're the perfect disguise for a bad-hair day and knitting them requires very little time or yarn. But even with a drawer full of hats, I was stumped what to do when warm-weather hit. I’m still having bad-hair days. I needed something cool to wear.
So I set out to design a slouch for all seasons. Classic Elite's Bam Boo seemed like a perfect choice. It's silky, cool, and has a lovely drape, just perfect for this type of hat. I started at the rim and worked a 1x1 rib. Then I continued with stockinette stitch panels flanked by columns of double eyelets. The eyelets gradually swirl as the crown decreases, making a pretty pattern, and this very simple detail doubles as ventilation.
Now I’m setfor all seasons!
Bam Boo 100% bamboo OR
Provence 100% mercerized Egyptian cotton
Different yarns that knit up at the same gauge can result in different final projects. Melissa Lynn worked her original hat in CEY’s Bam Boo. We worked our version in Provence. Both yarns made hats the same size, but the hats were slightly different from each other.
Provence, a mercerized Egyptian cotton has a cable structure with a strong twist. Bam Boo, a 100% bamboo yarn, is multi-stranded with a looser twist. Both yarns give a lovely sheen to the finished hatProvence because of the mercerization process and the Bamboo due to the natural sheen of the fiber. However, each yarn drapes differently. Provence has more body and gives the hat a shaped and uplifted look. Bam Boo, smooth and liquid-y, allows for lovely floppiness.
Most berets are worked in the round to keep them fluid and without seams. There are some important differences between working in the rnd and working a piece flat. Read more.