{knitting} FO: Skiff by Brooklyn Tweed

Hello, again! And looky what we have here... A finished project and bonus orange beard shots for you to feast your eyes on. Yep, I finished the hat! It was a super quick and fun knit. But as you can guess, I had to give it to Ginner.
Skiff hat by Jared Flood

The pattern is Skiff by Jared Flood from Brooklyn Tweed fame. I love all his hat patterns. Every one I've tried was very clear and easy to follow. This one was a little bit confusing at the beginning. It took me a while to work it out but I got there in the end.
Skiff hat by Jared Flood
One thing that was very different from other hat patterns I've made was how many stitches it leaves to fasten off at the end: 48! I thought it'd never work with so many stitches and worsted yarn. I had no reason to worry though. I followed the instructions as written and it worked just fine.
Skiff hat by Jared Flood
The yarn I used was Malabrigo Merino Worsted - surprise, surprise! And it was a pleasure to work with, as always. Soft, squishy and look at that stitch definition. I'm a huge fan. A word of advice though: it really does grow once you block it. Like, loads! When I finished knitting it, it looked just like a beanie hat. Now it's a slightly slouchier one and a bit longer. 
Can we take a moment to marvel over this colour? I know a lot of people aren't fussed about them but I am a lover of greys. In all shades and hues. This colourway is Frost Grey and I am in love with it!
Skiff hat by Jared Flood
I wanted to keep the hat for myself but ended up having to give it to Ginner. Maybe it's a good thing. If the hat had stayed with me we wouldn't have the gorgeous ginger beard making an appearance for us! Ooooo... I had a feeling it might come out too big. There are a few comments on ravelry about how big the finished hat comes out. It does fit me but it's not as snug as I'd like it to be. 
I know. I know! That's what swatching is for but I refuse to make a swatch for a hat. The amount of time and yarn it'd take me to knit a swatch would be better spent just knitting the hat itself.
Skiff hat by Jared Flood
For most patterns, I am a loose knitter so I know to start off at least one needle size down from what the pattern calls for. I did that - you can see the technical details here -  but it wasn't enough. The yarn I picked seems to be way heavier than the one they used. But I'm ok with it. I half expected it.
Skiff hat by Jared Flood
Look at all these delicious cables! Seriously, how pretty is this? With each new cable project I feel more and more smug that I've learned to cable without a cable needle. It's so much faster and easier this way. Not to mention way more enjoyable than having to faff around with a cable needle several times a round...
I'm definitely knitting this again and I will use smaller needles and maybe thinner yarn, too. When I make my own I will add  a pompom to it. Ginner hates them so he wouldn't let me add one this time.

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