Benlocke Hat

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When your children ask for knitted things your heart is touched. Especially as a designer - "Mom, will you design something for me?" But let's think about this logically. If your children are boys that are twelve and eleven - well knitting something for them is sometimes like shoveling the driveway while it is still snowing. The rate at which they grow is alarming - awe-inspiring I tell you. I knit socks for them once. With plenty of room to grow. They didn't last a month. But I think I've found the (temporary) answer. Hats. Their heads are not gonna get that much bigger. So I can make a hat that will at least last a year or two. It's genius!

Not my genius though. My boys are smarter than me. So they asked for hats. They drew sketches (!!!!) and told me exactly what they didn't want - nothing girly mom. So here you have a hat that has been approved, inspired by, and fully endorsed by a twelve year old boy.

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One of the requirements for men in this house is a very deep fold-up brim. Check! For the twelve year old - he wanted Gator Blue. Check! And the stitch pattern has been approved as well.

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And by the way, I would love to know how this young man came to be. I mean I know I made him and all of that. But can he really be this big? He's nearly 5'6" and has this man voice that I just don't know where it came from.

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So today, for the 8th day of my Christmas spectacular, you can get this hat for the bargain price of $2.50 - no coupon code needed! Tomorrow it will go up to full price - $4.50 -  so today is a good day to buy!

Needles: Size 7 needles (4.5 mm) - either 16" circs & dpns *or* long enough to magic loop

Yarn: Cascade 220, 220 yards to 100 g, color 7818 - 150 (175, 200) yards

Size: Small (18"), (Medium (20"), and Large (22")) - all circumferences are unstretched

Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette

Notes: Worked in the round – offered in written & charted format.

The Benlocke Hat on Ravelry$6.00 USD or in e-book format with 2 other manly hats for $8.95.