Holiday Hat #2

Since I knit my brother a hat for Christmas, and I have something in progress for my mom, I wanted to also knit something for my Dad.  It didn't seem right to leave him out!  I decided he could use a nice warm hat, so I went looking for a pattern that was pretty classically masculine looking. 

I settled on the pattern One Bourbon by Thea Colman.  I stop by my local yarn store (Hub Mills in Billerica, MA) and picked up a skein of madelintosh Tosh Vintage in the Ceremony colorway.

When I first cast on 112 stitches, it seemed like it was going to be really huge.  There are some notes in the pattern about modifications for size, but I was afraid if I decreased by two pattern repeats that then it would be too small.  So, I panicked and decided just to drop down a bunch of needle sizes (went down to 4-though I do usually have to go down two anyway to get gauge).  I am not sure why I always think I know more than the pattern.  I really should have YOU ARE NOT SMARTER THAN THE PATTERN tattooed on my hand to remind me to JUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!!!  The ribbing is pretty perfect, but the body of the hat itself probably could have been a bit bigger (like it would have been if I had just used the proper needles!).  I think it will fit my dad fine since it fits my head, and Bill's head, after an aggressive blocking.  I do really love the color and stitch definition of this yarn at this gauge, so it wasn't entirely a bad judgment call!

Link to My Ravelry Project Page: One Bourbon / Tosh Vintage