One of the things we like best about this twisted-stitch hat, designed by Michele Wang, is that you can knit it two ways—as a close fitting unisex beanie or as a slightly slouchy tam (a little more feminine). The Bavarian twisted-stitch motifs stand in crisp relief. Both styles use less than a skein of Loft so they make great gifts. And both are worked from the same clearly articulated chart, so once you've done one version, the next will be a breeze. Which is great, because your friends will be placing orders.
To fit average adult head 20–24". Beanie (Tam) finished dimensions: 16½ (24½)" unstretched circumference at widest point; 8 (9¼)" unstretched height, edge to crown. (Measure relaxed, after blocking; fabric is very stretchy.)
Approximately 150 (270) yards of fingering-weight wool. 1 (1) skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (275 yds/251m); shown in Barn Owl (Truffle Hunt).
16" circular and double-point needles in size needed to obtain gauge [US 3 (3.25mm) suggested].
24 sts/32 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch; relaxed, after blocking.
32 sts/40 rows = 4" in Twisted Stitch Cable pattern, relaxed, after blocking.