One of my brothers got jealous of Mum's hat, and asked for one for Christmas.
After seeing the second and thrid incarnations of her hat, he asked for the typical Kiwi Conservative Black Beanie.
The things we do for our family ;)
A black beanie. Are you kidding me? Talk about a snoozefest! Where is the colourway, the earflaps, the pompoms and tassels, the interest to keep me going after the initial excitement of starting a project wears off and I'm tempted by the siren song of something new and exciting?
It was probably the thought of him growing his dreadlocks back to keep his head warm!
I got my hands on some lovely black Possum/Merino from the Milton Wool Mill Factory Shop, found a "Manly" ribbed beanie pattern on Ravelry and cast on. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark the pattern, so I can't link you to it D:
Anyway, when I finished his hat looked like this:
There are one or two "design elements" or "special features" due to being distracted while making it. But my brother is awesome and didn't mind, since it came out pretty much how he wanted.
Read: A black, warm and manly hat for a young bloke who paves the roads.
When embarking on this project I wasn't prepared for just how soft possum/merino blends can be. On reflection this probably wasn't a terribly good yarn choice for this brother of mine. Like me, he tends to thoroughly abuse his clothing. If it isn't made to last it will disintegrate pretty quickly. The had was made in time for New Years and had holes by the end of January.
So, about a month of hat-life? Yikes!
Next time I'll have to use a sturdier yarn for the hat body and line with with the good stuff, or find someone willing to make a yarn reinforced with titanium.
A quest for a brother-proof hat?