A long, long time ago, I bought a skein of Lion’s Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton yarn (now discontinued) in a very pretty brownish/mauve-ish color. In certain lights it just looks teddy-bear-brown, but in others it has a very distinct dusky rose hue. Anyway, it looks terrible when crocheted. I tried using it in a few different projects back when I first got it, but then it just sat in my stash bag for … oh, let’s say 7 or 8 years.
A few weeks ago I was looking through the bag and thought, hm. This would make a great cozy hat for Marigold Mae. So I sat down with a Netflix movie and got to work.
Trigger warning: This post may be frustrating to knitters who are looking for an actual pattern. This is not a pattern. This is, at best, a description.
My goal was to finish a quick project using only what I had on hand. So I used the US 5 DPNs and US 7 circular needle that I had. This yarn was a heavy worsted, and it ended up working well. Overall it took me two nights of Netflix streaming, and one additional sitcom episode for the pom pom. Success.
I looked up approximate measurements for hat circumference and crown height. I cast on enough stitches to make it about 18″ around. Using size 5 DPNs, I worked in a one-by-one ribbing stitch for about four inches, since I wanted to allow for a generous rolled cuff.
I transferred the stitches over to a size 7 circular needle and worked in stockinette until I reached a height of about 8 inches (from the end of the cuff). I transferred back over to the size 5 DPNS (I don’t have size 7s!) to decrease. In retrospect, I probably decreased a little too fast; instead of a nice smooth dome, it puckers a bit at the crown. But it looks like it might’ve been on purpose, so I didn’t bother re-doing it!
For the crowning (hehe) detail, I used the rest of the skein to make a big, fluffy, slightly-wild, pom pom. If you don’t know how to make a pom pom, check out this tutorial.
If you have any favorite stash-busting projects, I’d love to hear them! I just started working on a long-term project: A stash-busting knitted blanket, modeled on this gorgeous one here. But I’m always on the lookout for quick projects like this one.