The Man Hat
September 12, 2011 1 Comment
Free patterns. Where do you draw the line? At what point have I put enough effort into a pattern that I can feel justified in charging money? I have gone back and forth with this particular pattern. Designed for my father’s birthday, it came out much better than I anticipated. I had an idea in my brain and in the knitting it turned out to be more than the sum of it’s individual elements.
At the risk of tooting my own horn too much, I think it is a good pattern. I think it is a pretty snazzy looking hat, and a hat that has enough distinguishing features to help it stand out from the hundreds of other beanie/toque patterns. But it isn’t particularly difficult or time consuming …
On the flip side, I am not just going to scribble down directions and send them out there in a “fly, be free” kind of way. Free patterns can be kinda looked at as “free samples” of a designer’s writing ability. If you try out someone’s free pattern and it makes a pterodactyl instead of a ruffled dress – well, are you going to buy any of that individual’s patterns?
So even free patterns need to be test knitted/tech edited, proof read and laid out nicely on the page. Your work is your work, regardless of whether or not it is free.
And now you are all … enough with the deep philosophical meanderings where’s my free pattern?
The problem with knitting something for the man in your life is they frequently don’t want anything fancy or brightly colored, which usually translates into bob-awful boring to knit. This hat is my solution to that issue. There is a little fancy stitching that goes on in the mock cable (for which you totally don’t need a cable needle) and it is just enough to keep the work entertaining. There are several nice Malabrigo colorways that would work for a man’s hat and still be lovely to knit with.
If you are looking to substitute the yarn choice, please remember that Mal worsted is a bit on the heavy side for a worsted and plan accordingly. If you are looking to make this for yourself (ie: smaller head) I am guessing that using a lighter worsted and smaller needles might achieve that goal.
But don’t quote me on that – I haven’t tested the theory.