18.1 Umbriel Beanie
I am a hat person, and I love hats of all kinds: wide-brimmed wool fedoras, honeycomb cloches, turbans, berets, novelty cat-hats, pussy hats, and flopsy toques, but my most-worn hat is a very basic polyester ribbed beanie bought on sale from Uniqlo. As a knitter, this shames me. I love hand-knitted hats, but couldn't comfortably knit them tight enough to keep out the winter wind until I decided to combine two yarns: a worsted-weight cashmere-wool blend yarn, and a very fluffy lace-weight cashmere silk blend yarn. Knitted together, the lace-weight yarn fills all the little spaces around its worsted-weight companion, and results in an extremely warm, wind-resistant fabric, just right for a hat!
I designed this hat in my favorite silhouette: it has a snug 1x1 ribbed brim, which transitions into half brioche stitch for the body of the hat, before narrowing into a cute blunted point at the crown. If you prefer a hat without a pointed crown, simply tug the hat down on your head and fold up the 1x1 ribbed portion for a snug, ear-warming beanie instead!
I used the Italian cast-on method, which results in an extremely professional, flexible 1x1 rib edge. I have fallen in love with this cast-on method, and now go out of my way to us it on projects; it is exemplary when used on socks.
The Umbriel Beanie calls for 260 yds of both worsted and lace-weight yarns. I knitted mine using US 1.5 (2.5mm) and US 4 (3.5mm) needles, for the cast-on and ribbing/body respectively, and achieved a gauge of 18.5 stitches and 34 rows in 1x1 ribbing across 4", or 10 cm.
The pattern for the Umbriel Beanie has been posted here on Ravelry, and is available to download for free. This is the first knitting pattern I have shared with the wider world; if you find my terminology confusing, please let me know! If you do use the pattern to knit a hat, please tag it with #UmbrielBeanie when posting on social media, so I can find it and admire it!