How 'bout that?
The Vital Statistics
Pattern: Wide-brimmed hat, pattern #14 from Vogue Knitting's Fall 2007 anniversary edition.
Yarn: recycled - whoo-hoo! I took a bit of a gamble on this one. I had some lovely grey lambswool recycled from a Nordstrom men's cardi (purchased at the thrift store) and figured that if I doubled it, that would probably work. And it did, spot on gauge.
Needles: horrid 5.5mm aluminium circulars - why do I still have these things?
Start to finish: started last week on Monday, wore it on Saturday.
Comments: I am not a beanie wearer, so when I saw this pattern in VK I thought, hmm, that might be something for me. It might be. I'm still getting used to wearing it. Knitting with worsted thread doubled on the brim (and I had doubled my thread in the first place to get worsted weight) was hard on the hands but the result is good and sturdy. I omitted the casing for elastic because it was already snug enough on my head. I also knit the hat all in one colour, instead of contrasting brim and crown.
I think that I could have made the crown just a tad longer so that I could really jam it down on my head. Yes, I could undo the three-needle bind off and knit a few more rows. Never going to happen. Using a worsted thread doubled on the brim (and I had doubled my thread in the first place to get worsted weight) was hard on the hands but the result is good and sturdy. I'm happy with the way that the hat turned out, we'll see if I get used to actually wearing it. The pattern is quite simple, particularly if you omit the casing, but there are a couple of errata so check the website if you plan to knit it.