Sometimes yarn tells you what it wants to be, and sometimes it just doesn't. This yarn, a handspun alpaca/merino/silk blend, was definitely destined for hatdombut what kind? After much negotiation, what you see is the result!
Top-down hats allow you to make adjustments to length after the crown is worked, resulting in a more precise fit. This "onion dome" shape expands to a wider circumference than normal and then pulls in right before the last set of ribbing to be snug at the cuff. It's a trick taken from tams and berets and applied to a beanie. "Punica" is the genus name for the pomegranate, a hexagonal reddish/orange fruit well known from mythology.
The best thing about this hat, though, is how fast it works upfrom cast on to finishing, this should take only a few hours. What a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one!
12 stitches and 18 rows per 4"/10cm square in stockinette stitch.
125 yards of Bulky weight
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Katherine Vaughan has been knitting for 25+ years and designing for more than 5. She primarily designs adult and children's wear and accessories for adults and the home. She daylights as a medical librarian in North Carolina, where it is (almost) never too hot to knit. Website: http://www.ktlvdesigns.com