I made this hat for a girl who my boyfriend and I are taking the lease over for. She's moving to have her baby near her parents, and I thought it would be a nice parting gift. It's merino and nice and soft and cuddly.
The empty Choxie container is for form, hand for scale.
I used a couple knitting patterns as a guide, basically just for the decrease form, but winged it from there (though, I did steal the seed stitch on the edge from SnB). I have a tendency to knit way smaller than gauge, and so it was pretty much just guess-n-check while I was making it. I think it came out well, though I have problems with loose stitches when I use dpns. I also just hand-washed it, and it stretched out a bit. I kind of lumped back into its smaller size to dry, but does anyone have any advice about this? I've had this problem before, where I wash something and it stretches way out. Is it possible to get things back into (smaller) shape after this happens?