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This pattern is easily adjusted by going down a needle size and/or a yarn size. The sample was knit with one ball of inexpensive Charisma yarn purchased at Michael's.
My hair is (ahem) Of a Certain Length, which means I wear it up in a clip pretty often to keep it off of my neck. This winter I realized this created a new problemI can't wear a hat. My kids keep taking off with my ear muffs, so I was stuckuntil I came up with this design: a hat that buttons up the back. I can button it all the way up with my hair down, or open as many buttons as necessary to allow the clip to poke through. The back is created like a square heel for a sock. The open back is achieved by means of a steek.
If you've never steeked before, this is a great, low-stress, and (I'll be honest) inexpensive way to try the process out. I've linked to some excellent tutorials from within the pattern, but I provide all of the specific instructions you should need here as well.
Additional notes: These canand havebeen knit all in inexpensive Charisma yarn which can be purchased at Michael/s or the like. However, for a really good button band, you will want to change to a regular or light worsted, preferably in a wool or wool blend (the felting action helps settle the steek).
Author of "Grounded: The Seven", editrix of the WWMDfK series ("What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Creations Inspired by Classic Characters"), host of CraftLit: a podcast for crafters who love books, Heather Ordover lives, writes, and designs in Northern Virginia with her amused husband, her goofball sons, a sly cat, and far too many devoted mosquitoes.
Oh, and she knits.