When I first designed this hat and put it on, it reminded me of the old Nor'easter hats that New England fishermen wore and decided to name it for my old home town. This fun hat is both easy to wear and engaging to knit. Suitable for either guys or girls, the Mystic River Hat has a top-down construction, beginning with Judy's Magic Cast-On. The crown is then worked in the round while the rest of the body of the hat is worked in one long spiral, joining the hat to itself every right side row. It also includes short-rowing and is finished with an applied I-cord bind-off. There are video tutorials available online to help you through all the tricky bits including Judy's Magic Cast-On, Join-As-You-Go Knitting, as well as knitting backwards. Choose 2 skeins of yarn with long color runs, such as Noro Silk Garden or Crystal Palace Mochi Plus for optimum effect, or for a great beach hat, choose a fabulous linen yarn such as MaggiKnits' Maggi's Linen. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Knit in-the-round Short row I-cord GAUGE 20 st and 26 rows = 4" on #7 needles 18 st and 24 rows = 4" on #8 needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Youth/Small adult: knit with #7 needles. Top circumference - 19" Bottom circumference -29" Med/Large adult: knit with #8 needles Top circumference - 24" Bottom circumference - 32"