Although I originally intended this hat to coordinate with the Florin Child's Vest, the decreases create a flower effect at the crown, so my masculine models felt that it was a little more suited for, well, girls. Personally I think of both it and the vest as unisex patterns (and I do think they coordinate), but in the end the wearer must decide, so I decided to at least give this hat its own name.
The unusual Coin Cable plays a starring role on this hat, running not only around the bottom edge, but in vertical columns; simple ribbed sections set off the coin cables. Crown decreases are worked mostly within the plain ribbed sections, allowing the coin columns to extend almost to the very top of the crown. Worked in the round, this hat knits up quickly in a heavy worsted yarn. I used Adrienne Vittadini “Trina,” a wool/microfiber/cashmere blend, on needles one size smaller than suggested for a tighter fabric; possible yarn substitutions include Malabrigo Worsted (wool); Blue Sky Cotton; Cascade 200 (wool); or if you feel like splurging, Lobster Pot Yarns hand-dyed cashmere.
Difficulty is intermediate: skills required include knitting in the round, cable knitting, decreases, and reading chart.
Note: Coin Cable stitch pattern looks best when not overstretched; thus "stretched measurements below represent not maximum diameter possible, but maximum diameter without distorting stitch pattern.
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 in St st. Approx 23 sts and 24 rows = 4 in Coin Cable (unstretched). Check gauge on blocked swatch.