Sometimes you need something quick to finish after all that fingering weight sock yarn. And that's what this is--my antidote to the month 'o socks. This is also my first foray into pattern test knitting. Have you ever been a test knitter before? Generally, you get a free pattern in exchange for giving the designer feedback on how the pattern is written and catching errors before the pattern is released to the public. This was a fun one for me to start with--a simple, but gorgeous stitch pattern that works really well with the crazy variegation in this colorway. The only thing I'd change is adding another 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length prior to starting the crown decreases to give just a little bit more ear coverage and slouchiness to the hat overall. But I still love it as is! I'm also filing this one away in my "manly hat" pattern file ... this would be perfect for the guys who need hats in your life. Some texture, not boring to knit, but definitely masculine.
Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha in the Archangel colorway (approximate 7/8 skein)
Needles: Size 9 Addi Turbo's (magic loop)
Mods: None, as I was test knitting the pattern as written.