Seriously. I loved this hat before I finished it. And ever since I sewed the ends in, I've been wearing it. Inside even! Tassels and all!
And the only reason this yarn got used is because my stash is getting low. I know!
For years I worked on busting my stash, and getting it down to a reasonable amount of yarn. It's finally happened!! It happened without me realizing it. How?? I stopped going to yarn stores. Surprising that worked. ...
No really. It's because I stopped making specific gifts for people. That meant I went to the yarn store to get specific yarn. And then every time I went I would leave with at least two or ten other balls of yarn I just fell in love with and had to have. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who this has happened to!)
Long story shortened: This yarn, this pattern. Perfect. Now I just have to decide if I want to add the tassels forever. Right now they are pinned on. Thoughts?
Also, in case you care, I made lots of minor modifications to the pattern. Here's what I did:
R1: K4, P2, (K2, P2)*, K4 (all odd rows R1-7)
R2: P4, K2, (P2, K2)*, P4 (all even rows R2-8)
For decreasing I used ssk on one side. For example:
R11: k1, ssk, k1, ssk, k80, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1
With 92 stitches there was also one row where I had to decrease only once on each side to get down to 64 stitches.
Otherwise, awesome pattern that's totally easy to follow.