FO Spotlight: Snow Days Slouch Hat Test Knit

I am attempting to get my blog caught up with my knitting! Here goes!

The rundown

Pattern: Snow Days Slouch Hat by MaryAnnDesigns (she blogs here). The pattern is not available yet but I believe she’ll be publishing it soon. $5 US.

Yarn: 150 yards of a DK weight 100% wool, handspun.

Size made: One (adult)

Needles: US6 and US8

Techniques used: Tillybuddy’s very stretchy cast on, Russian join.

Modifications: None

Ravelled: Here

The pretty

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Many thanks to Caroline, my SIL, for her excellent modeling skills! I really like the finished hat. It looks great on everyone I’ve seen wear it so far, and I think the color is really pretty. I would definitely make this again. A couple of things I would do differently are to cast on fewer stitches and do an increase row after the ribbing. I would probably make the ribbing a little longer, as well, just due to my own personal preference. This pattern can be easily altered to suit a number of different fits or styles. Also, it’s a very quick knit so could be handy for gifts.

Another thing I would like to note is that testing for this designer was fun and very rewarding. I’m no TECHknitter (who’s blogging again, by the way!!) but I’m pretty detail oriented. The designer specified in her original post that she likes picky testers, so I figured this was a good project for me. She really welcomed all the feedback she got, constructive or otherwise, and was very responsive. I put a good bit of time and thought into the feedback I give designers, so it’s nice when someone takes it seriously and appreciates it.