Experimenting with hats is a lot of fun. It’s especially fun when it comes to the 500 Hats Project because knowing the hat will be selected by a kid who has hundreds of hats to choose from is really exciting. Knowing that a child will look at my hat and think ‘I want this one’ is a great feeling. It’s also an outlet for playing with stitches, colors and fibers that I might not otherwise. Maybe I like a color or color combination but don’t know anyone who would wear it. Sometimes I have a cable pattern bookmarked and want to try it out on a small project before putting it in a larger project. And since hats only need 100-200 yards of yarn, you can take a small amount of fiber and get a feel for how it knits without investing in a large project (see the Yak Hat).
Experimenting with stitches, colors, and fibers aside, there’s something to be said for making a solid, simple hat. Hat no. 7 is just that; a solid, simple hat.
The yarn is a gray heather acrylic that is pretty and, for a yarn that calls itself a heather, has very subtle coloring. There are enough really great basic hat patterns out there that I’m not going to include my pattern notes/ recipe here just share the final project.