I came across this pattern years ago, and clipped it "for the future."
I liked the hat but had no intention of making it, because it involved purling on round needles.
Nevertheless, the pattern went to the future folder.
Over the summer my granddaughter Caroline took to tucking all her hair up into a cap,
Rastafarian style. Or eleven year old whim, as the case may be.
I thought about the hat I would not make.
"Idiot," I said to myself. "Why purl on round needles when you can knit!"
The other side of knit always is purl.
At the end of every set of knit rows I turned the work and began knitting again.
I took the picture above to show the "band" that keeps the hat on,
but the pancakes still hide it. The band merely is a set of pancakes on smaller needles.
I made this from a mohair/merino blend, very soft.
The pattern called for a heavier yarn, and the hat stood up on its layers.
This is much softer and fell right into pancakes.
I must find a box for it to keep in, or my cat will be prancing off to hide the hat under Laura's bed.