I loved knitting this hat. It was my first go at the magic loop method as well as working cables without a cable needle (so fast). It was also my first encounter with Malabrigo yarn.
It was a dream to knit--incredibly soft and I adore the subtle variations in color. I now understand the self-proclaimed yarn snobs I've recently met. I am pondering going back to work to fund an upgrade of yarn choices for everything in my knitting queue.
The pattern is the Star Crossed Slouchy beret by Natalie Larson, available free on Ravelry. It is knit in Malabrigo's merino worsted, in the Tuareg colorway. I did not modify the pattern and like the amount of slouch I got after blocking the hat. I can wear it pulled down over my ears but it also stays put sitting back a bit.
It was a perfect choice to knit while on vacation in Puerto Rico--super quick and the colorway will remind me of the beach and the beautiful clear blue water.
Once home, I cast on for a cowl to match using the same cable pattern. I hope I have enough yarn left over to make a pair of hand warmers. Oh, and I think I've settled on a pattern for the boys' hats--Thorpe from Through the Loops, also on Ravelry. Not 100% sure but it's the front runner.