This is Graham, an easy unisex hat from Jennifer Adams of Nutty Irishman Knits. The free pattern is downloadable on Ravelry. This one is knit in Cascade Yarn 220 Quatro, a good 4-ply marled worsted that Cascade has discontinued. The hat is quite nice on both sides. Even the nifty and nicely lined-up crown decreases look good on the inside or on the outside.
Here’s another Graham, this time worked up in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, the worsted that is one of the yarns Adams suggests. This 50% alpaca/50% wool workhorse comes in a wonderful selection of colorways.
I was traveling without stitch markers so this time, I just used a standard crown decrease–which worked well also. I started an SSK (slip, slip, knit the two together) every 16th stitch and just worked them every other round, laddering them up. It worked. But the designer’s plan for Graham works better.
When Graham came off the needles and I saw the dreaded pointy top, I went into “oh no” mode.