Anyway, my next project doesn't need a terrible lot of information because I just shared the same pattern with you a few days ago. I made a decision this year that every year I'll knit J a new hat. At some point, I may actually be ahead of the game and surprise him with a hat before he asks for one, or before we even talk about it. Sometimes he may get a say in what it's like and other times not. This year it was a mix of both. His hat from last year is great, but I wanted to make something for him since so much of my knitting is for others. And hats work well for him because he shaves his head - making winter that much colder!
I originally picked Windschief as a pattern for J, not A. He wanted a dense knit fabric, and we'd discussed lining it. A ribbed hat presented a couple problems because you want the stretch of the hat, but don't usually see that when the hat's not on someone's head. Mostly stockinette stitch with a twisted rib brim and a twisted rib section - shouldn't be too difficult to line.
Again, I like how this hat lends itself to both sexes, but is masculine for J. I knit this hat in Cascade Superwash 220 in Charcoal. This hat isn't quite as dense as the Berroco hat.
It fits J well, although I wish I would have knit it just a few rows longer before decreasing because the very bottom of his ears poke out just a bit. I guess my head's not the same size as his! :) (Yes, I already knew that.)
X had to take the hat for a test drive after I finished the knitting. He's started to enjoy wearing hats again. For awhile, he's complain and throw the hat on the ground. Most of the time he'll keep one on outside.
I lined the hat with sweater fleece. J picked it out. It's pretty soft and the color matches the yarn beautifully. I'm not 100% satisfied with how I lined it, but J is happy and says it's warm. That's what counts.
And after seeing X in Daddy's hat, I'm considering sizing it down a bit and making one for him! :)