Christmas Gift Knit #1: Morgan Hat for Dad
I made one of these ingenious hats for my soon-to-be-brother-in-law Jamie last Christmas, and this year, Dad’s only Christmas request was to have a Morgan Hat of his own.
Full details are on Ravelry, but here are the basics:
- Pattern: Morgan, by Anne Kuo Lukito (@annekuolukito), on Knitty
- Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool and Rowan Kid Silk Haze, held together — just under 1 ball apiece
- Needles: Two 4.0 mm circs
- Other notions: Fine gauge plastic canvas, felt, and sewing thread for stiffening the peak
This hat is friggin’ brilliant. The instructions are crazy, admittedly, but if you follow them step by step, you end up with this fully-fashioned knitted peaked cap (aka flat cap, ivy cap, driving cap, golf cap, etc.) that’s all knit up in one piece. Let me try to explain, because the instructions just look overwhelming and insane, and the first time through, I had no idea whatsoever what I was doing at any point. Please excuse the roughness of the sketches…
The next step, which I foolishly didn’t take pictures of, is to cut the ovals of plastic canvas into crescent-shapes and stitch them into the peaks of the cap. I found it helped to line the inner curve of the crescent with felt (or fabric folded on the bias) to soften the edge where it sits against the head.
The pattern includes a template for cutting the peak-stiffener piece (and only stiffens the bottom peak), but I found with both hats that I made that I had to cut away quite a bit more of the inner curve, to accommodate the large noggins of the recipients — i.e., instead of a half-moon, I ended up with a much smaller sliver of moon. Also, I found that stiffening both brims made for a much tidier-looking hat.
Finally, stitch the plastic canvas into place, and sew shut the bottom peak. I actually sewed the two peaks together, though you could use a snap or something if you wanted.
So, yeah, crazy ingenious pattern. I can’t imagine having the sort of brain that can come up with this sort of thing — the three-dimensional geometry involved is the sort of thing that turns my brain to jelly. But I’m thankful that Anne Kuo Lukito has the requisite cerebral powers, because I’ve knit two great hats from this pattern (and have already been commissioned to knit a third, for another family member)!