One of my goals for 2012 is to knit items that have been in my queue for a long time that I haven't gotten to yet, along with using up my yarn in my stash. A perfect marriage of these two ideas came when I decided to make the #1 item in my queue since April 2008 with a random half skein that I've been holding onto for awhile. Behold, my version of The Republic Hat.
I really like this pattern, especially since it was quick to whip up. It took me about 24 hours to make the hat. I started it Christmas morning and by the end of the following day, I was wearing it. I like how the hat has the spirit of a curled brim hat knit in the round, but is a bit fancier with the garter edge and the button. I used a bit of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky I had sitting around. I'm not sure how much of a skein I had leftover, but I'd say half of one would do fine. The button is from Windsor Button.
This hat is sooo warm. I wore it yesterday when I was walking around Salem, and my head was perfectly warm. I like slightly larger hats that can cover my ears, since I walk to the train and then to work and when it's freezing my head/ears need protection. This will do nicely once it gets freezing and snowing in January.
I strongly recommend this pattern, since it's quick and easy to knit up and has some visual interest to it. This would also make a great gift for someone. I may make one for my mom or Ashley down the road.