Knitting hats is pretty much instant gratification. If you make a mitten, you have to make another. If you make a sock, same thing. A bored knitter, or for that matter an adventurous one, can create mismatched pairs. Still, such things must happen in twos. But not hats.
It also helps, paraphrasing Elizabeth Zimmermann, that people will put almost anything on their head. And since heads come in all sizes, a knitter with a bunch of humans in her vicinity can forget about stitch gauge.
This hat is “Amanda,” a free pattern by Gina House of Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Ravelry’s Sleepy Eyes). Ravelers have already knitted it 1570 times. Mine is knitted of Malabrigo merino worsted, in the Snowbird colorway.
Next, is Kate Atherly‘s Spider Hat. It’s a cute creepy knit.
Below, from left to right, is a seeded stitch hat using Debbie New‘s cellular automaton technique where you apply a bit of math to create a pattern. Maybe Debbie’s degree in microbiology and raising eight children is the necessity that influenced her inventiveness. Next is Wendy Keele’s Tassled Pull On Cap, minus the tassles. And Mary Dominski’s Celtic Braid Hat in yarn from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill.