I was inspired by the mature trees that are growing throughout the city of Chicago. They are too big to wrap your arms around, yet they spring out of sidewalks down many streets in Lakeview. They seem so out of place amongst the cars and concrete, and they bring a kind of serene beauty and calmness to the neighborhoods. This reversible hat mimics the patterns of tree bark. It makes a beautiful design worn either way, and would also be suitable for women or men. The smocking pattern creates a distinct cable look on one side and an interesting rib pattern on the other. SIZE One, but this can be modified by changing yarn gauge. The two types of yarn I used result in two different sized hats. Almost 40 projects for this pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tree-bark BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic knitting skills cabling working in the round GAUGE Brown Version: 15 sts/21 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch Purple Version: 16 sts/ 20 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Brown Version: 8.5 inches unstretched at the brim; 8 inches from cast on edge to crown. Purple Version: 9 inches unstretched at the brim; 8.5 inches from cast on edge to crown.