I realized I couldn’t make hats for two sisters-in-law (and a mother-in-law) without making one for the third sister-in-law. Bad Mikey. Bad, bad, bad.
Finding the right pattern was a challenge. First, I started looking at sock-yarn patterns, since I have a decent stash of sock yarn to use up, but realized I didn’t have the right sized needles. (I’ve since ordered said needles from Knit Picks and they are on the way.) I didn’t have much worsted yarn left – just scraps – but had bought some Homespun from Lion Brand called Painted Desert. Really lovely combination of browns, blues, pinks, etc. So off I went to find patterns for bulky yarn that would also fit the personality of this particular sister-in-law.
Ravelry took me to Smoky Mountain Fibers and the Phat Stripes Hat. Instantly, I knew it was the hat I wanted to make. Simple stockinette mostly, with a few ridges of purl to add some personality to the mix. However, because Homespun to more of a floppy yarn, the hat doesn’t have the “spine” of the hat shown on the SMF blog. Still, it turned out pretty good and I can’t wait to give it to my sister-in-law. She’s going to like it, I’m sure of it.