Pattern: Arabesque, from Interweave Accessories 2011
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Handpaints, it only took one skein and I had, oh about ONE yarn left to weave in. I bought 2 @ $15.75 each (less 10% discount as part of the yarn crawl) and will use the second skein for matching mitts, as per request of the recipient. The pattern called for 2 sks of a worsted weight yarn at 200 yards per skein. YMMV.
Needles: US 5 and 7
Here's the other side. Finished size: um, that's a 10" plate and the hat is bigger. Story: I was shopping with the recipient who wanted to buy this slouchy cabled red hat. When I saw it I muttered, "I can make that." So of course she rolled her eyes (teens) and put it back. Later I bought the yarn, which she approved of. She then told her sister, "Hey, mom's making me a hat for my birthday." Hmmm,...ok, now I have a deadline.
Knitting went well, the chart was easy enough to follow, hats are generally quick and this project was portable. I knit it while chatting with friends at Panera, while watching TV, or just quietly as I settled down for the evening. Cable crossing method: without a cable needle. I'm lazy and I hate carrying around those things, plus there's a place where you need 2 to make the cross!