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
Katherine Vaughan has been knitting for 25+ years and designing for more than 7. She primarily designs adult and children's wear and accessories for adults and the home. She daylights as an academic librarian in the mountains of Virginia, where it is (almost) never too hot to knit. Website: http://www.ktlvdesigns.com