A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.
[Frederick The Great]

Knitting a hat affords the opportunity to work out a pattern idea without embarking upon a lifetime project. The two-color stitch pattern in the hat above was designed by Ellen Roberts (Shepherd’s Moon). I knit this using a DK weight wool and US size #6 or #7 needles.

The tam below was inspired by information in the book, Knitted Tams by Mary Rowe. It is fascinating to watch the changes in a stitch pattern caused by decreasing to form the circle. This hat was knit using fingering weight wool.