Flirtatious Felt Hat by Eileen Lee

Flirtatious Felt Hat

September 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
3.5 stitches = 1 inch
in St st
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
747 yards (683 m)
Adult size, 20 inches (50.8 cm) circumference
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This refined and smart hat is intended for upstairs women. Perky hats with an Austrian or Cossack feel had an outdoor sporty appeal. High-crowned hats were tilted at a confident, flirtatious angle.

The hat is knitted using larger-than-usual needles and then shrunken to the proper size by felting. For a few rounds, half of the brim is knitted back and forth using short-rows to make one side longer than the other. Where a band would be, a knitted Linen Stitch pattern worked for 3 inches (7.6 cm) cinches in the base of the crown snugly. Over it, an ornate cable band worked with a variegated silk/wool yarn is added after felting. Enjoy the hat and look forward to another great season of Downton Abbey!