The manly hat is ready to go. I first queued this Jacques Cousteau Hat months ago, but then waffled about the pattern choice when it actually came time to knit the gift. After all of your helpful suggestions, I came back to the original pattern inspiration as it was my husband's favorite. The hat worked out and the time spent waffling produced a good list of manly hat patterns to choose from for future gift knitting.
My husband modeled the FO for me while giving our goats a treat.
The layers of color in the Tosh Vintage show off the unusual crown decreases in the otherwise basic ribbed hat.
Without prompting, my husband commented "It's a comfy hat. It's warm, soft, and light." He liked it so much I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get it back and mail it off. Now I know what to knit when he is ready for a new hat.
Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat by Lalla Pohjanpalo
Source: free on Lalla's blog
Materials: madelinetosh vintage in "ink", and US 6 needles
Modifications: Because I was using a worsted weight yarn in a pattern calling for DK, I went up in needle size and cast on fewer stitches. More details Raveled here.
Here is one more photo for good measure, just because Benny is so cute . . . obnoxious sometimes, but cute.
Happy weekend everyone!