It's release day for the Snidget Hat and I couldn't be more excited to share this with you! This is inspired by the famous golden snitch. Can you see the wings?
First of all, this is a TOP DOWN hat. This means it is constructed from the crown down to the brim. It starts with a pin-hole cast on done with a crochet hook (or without if that's what you prefer), and then the live stitches are transferred onto either double pointed needles (DPNs) or long circulars for the magic loop to work the increases to the body. The way the increases are done results in something that looks like the knit 2 together decreases in normal bottom-up knits! It's very clean and results in a beautiful spiraled crown that is effortless. No shaping required as the increases are all written out for you! Another unique feature to this design is that you can start with different cast on counts, provided you end up with a correct multiple as stated in the pattern notes. This means it is easily adjustable with a little bit of math.
proper fit and to adjust length as well.
So you may be wondering how to make the brim a tighter fit around the face if we're making this from the top down, right? Simple - use a smaller needle size! It is essentially the same as making a hat from the brim up, so that's what I did here as well. I also recommend trying this on again before binding off, just in case you need more length or need to take away some length. Then you're ready to finish the hat, making sure to use a stretchy bind off so that this hat will go over your head. I chose to use the Icelandic bind off because it provides a bit of a decorative edge to the hat. You may choose to use any sort of stretchy bind off, but some people have had success just using a regular ribbed bind off, being careful not to make it too tight.
The final step is to block your finished hat. This is especially important to properly shape your hat and relax the wool, given that this is stranded colorwork. (Yes, you can even block acrylic!) Once it's dry, it's ready to be shown off in all of its glory!