It's been a while -- maybe too long -- since I last published a pattern. The pandemic really killed my creativity for a while, but I can feel it starting to come back. And I'm really excited about this one, especially since the lovely ladies in my Sunday Zoom group oohed and ahhed over my sample.
This design started with the idea for the pleated crown decreases. I had knit them in my head, and it seemed like they would work, but of course I didn't know for sure until I had yarn and needles in hand. And honestly? I think it turned out even better in real life.
As fun as those decreases are, I knew that I didn't want the rest of the hat to be plain, so I've combined them with a hemmed brim and a fun bubble stitch for the body of the hat. As you can see, the texture plays really nicely with a self-striping yarn (this is Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce, my fave), but it'll look just as good in a variegated or solid/semisolid.
The pattern has been graded to three sizes, to fit head circumference of 20 (22, 24) in./51 (56, 61) cm, and you'll need 250 (300, 360) yds./229 (274.5, 329) m of yarn. There is a photo tutorial included for the pleated decreases, for which you'll need two additional DPNs in addition to the needles you prefer for knitting small circumferences in the round. As always, the pattern has been professionally tech edited to ensure that it is correct and easy to follow.