Antler Hat; or, Forcing Your Boyfriend into Crafty Knitted Items

This is my boyfriend, Denis.

Say "Hi, Denis!"

Denis puts up with lots of things from me including my being crafty all over the place, and I truly appreciate it. However, for the past few years I've had a hard time putting up the hat he is wearing in the above photo. Denis is a creature of habits and "I don't like it" is not, in his mind, enough of a reason to get a new hat. I don't begrudge him his falling-apart racoon slippers that he's had for 20+ years, but this hat... almost neon green, way too big for his head, probably 100% acrylic, pilling, I just plain don't like the hat. So I swore I would make a new hat and he promised that when I did, he would get rid of that stupid hat. Well, that was a good enough incentive for me to get on the stick.

I used the Antler Hat pattern by tincanknits (available on Ravelry- you will need to make an account if you wish to see the pattern). The yarn was 100% Peruvian Highland Wool and I just love the definition it gives to the cable pattern.

Overall it was pretty straightforward to make. I did get a little confused at the end; I'd never made a hat before, so I cast off at the top, looked at what I did and thought "Well that doesn't seem right." It was only after a few minutes of thinking that I finally figured out how to finish the top of the hat; I was able to undo my cast-off and fix it right up. No harm, no foul.

I can't wait to start on my next knitting project, but before I do I have to finish up my Sewing Indie Month project, which has been a nightmare pretty much from start to finish. Seriously, more on that matter later but it's made me want to stay away from Indie Patterns pretty much for good, which I'm sure was not the intention.

One final note: feel free to add me as a friend on Ravelry if you so desire. I'd love to see what some other people are working on and get some new ideas!