A couple months ago I bought one lone skein of Artyarns supermerino because it was on the sale shelves at my Mom’s LYS. I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I figured I’d think of something. After hearing that my four year old niece just had her room repainted pink at her request, I thought the yarn might make a good hat for her. She lives further south, so has slight need for warm hat at home. However, her grandparents live a little north of us, and so she should be able to get some use out of it.
I decided the pattern “Beth” from Hip Knit Hats would be fun for her. I had to adjust the pattern because my yarn was not as heavy as called for. However, the basic pattern is easy – a few rounds of garter, followed by 3 x 3 ribbing that shifts one to the left every other row. I had to guess at the right size. Based on the Knitters handy book of patterns, I went for the range age 4 to adult small, so that hat barely fits on me (and looks a bit goofy on me).
Modifications: I cast on 66 stitches. I did 3 repeats of the pattern, which cam to about 5.25 inches up. I included two rows of pattern between each decrease round. I was left with 11 stitches at the end for the tail for the knot. I knit up about 6 inches, did a decrease and then used the kitchener stitch on the end. I have about 17 yards left over.