The Time I Knit Myself a Bankhead

I knit myself a Bankhead hat last winter. It looks like this:

Photo Credit: My Dad

The thought process went like this: first I got the yarn. The yarn is 100% superwash merino worsted and was hand dyed by the lovely couple of The Woolen Homestead. Sadly they don’t dye anymore, and I’m so thrilled I was able to get my hands on this yarn and make something beautiful with it. The moment I saw it on their site, the colors made my heart sing. I took some photos of it all skeined up for posterity, but they are not very good photos. Nevertheless:

Purple! Green! Blue! (I am a cool color person.) Plus every once in a while, tiny specs of the softest pink for some added interest. It was called Winter Solstice. I didn’t know what I was going to make with it when I bought it (as is often the case when I buy yarn) but it wasn’t long before it became obvious it needed to be a hat.

I’m going to be a hat when I grow up!

I’d recently completed hats for my brother and my mom. My mom’s was a Classic Cuffed Hat, and while I loved that pattern I wanted to do something different. I also wanted it to be something simple, so the gorgeous yarn would be the star of the show. I browsed Ravelry and decided Bankhead was perfect. It had just enough extra to have some interest, but nothing that would overshadow the yarn.

I made it a bit slouchy and chose not to have a fold-over brim. When I was finished, I popped a fluffy white faux fir pom pom on top and got my dad, a former professional photographer (photography skill is not genetic, I’ll tell you that) to take some photos.

Overall, I loved the pattern. The only thing I wish I’d done differently is use a stretchier cast on. The bottom of the rim is a bit tight. And the yarn made it such a breeze to knit. I wear it a lot and get many complements, although it always makes me a little sad that Tiffany and Ethan aren’t dyeing anymore. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind hat.