Some people look cute in hats. My sister in law looks fabulous in every hat I tried on her. My daughter looks adorable in hats. Not so much for me. When I wear a hat I look warm. Period. No fashion statement, no je ne sais quois. Just warm.
Which is really too bad because I love hats. I want terribly to rock a hat, but I've mostly given it up. Some people are not hat people. So I have taken to knitting hats for all those in life how do look good hats. But it nagged at me.
When I was small, my mom used to buy me gorgeous little fair-isle patterned tams. I loved them and I still do. Thinking about those tams, made me wonder if maybe, just maybe, I could pull off a slouchy tam.
I'm not sure that I look amazing in it, but it's a quite a bit better than most. Plus, it was a lot of fun to make. It's named for my grandma, Josie, and it's knit form the bottom up. The lacey rib pattern is a 4 round repeat that is quickly memorized and becomes intuitive. It's also easy to adjust the amount of slouch to just the right proportion for you.
Josie a quick knit on US size 6 needles and just a skein or 2 dk weight yarn. I used Valley Yarns Superwash DK in Misty Lilac, which is soft and oh-so-springy. Just an evening or two will do to create your own Josie tam. Josie is available as a pdf download here. Keep an eye for matching fingerless mitts too. The pattern should be available by next week.
I hope it keep you warm, while not making you look...um, warm.