Thanks for all the comments on my malabrigo hat! It sure is keeping me toasty!
I don’t want to post the pattern in its entirety (laws and all that) so here are the ways in which I deviated from the Lady Detective Hat (from Knit 2 Together, since I know someone will ask that).
Followed the top instructions, but working in stockinette stitch. Purl the last round of the crown. I didn’t bind off the crown and pick up; instead I just kept knitting (and switched to a circ) in stockinette rather than the pattern stitch.
The first time, I knit the hat as prescribed and it was way huge – my fault; looser gauge with it being in stockinette. So the last (and best-fitting) time, I decreased (k2tog) about every ten stitches or so in the first round of the body. I shortened the body. I removed a couple rows from the brim because it was getting too long, and mirrored that in the brim lining. I think that’s it!
Progress shots on Lady E:
Almost done – and this photo’s slightly outdated now! I’m on the ninth ball, and I’m a bit undecided as to what to do for the trim. I don’t really like fringe, and the one from the book (with its intricate knotting) is way out. Maybe normal tassels? I kind of feel like the ends need something. Maybe again, maybe they don’t need anything. Any suggestions?