both my dad and my husband are notoriously difficult to shop for. they're the kind of minimalist dudes that don't need a lot of stuff, and will just go buy whatever it is that they want. thankfully for me, they both like hats and enjoy receiving hand-knits!
when making hats for my dad, i let him run through the yarn store and pick out whatever speaks to him. this time, he picked out a debbie bliss alpaca silk dk in a really lovely royal blue color.
i typically (stubbornly) prefer to design my own patterns, but it's not always a fast or easy process. so for this project i picked an old favorite, the "regular guy beanie" by yarnmanknits on ravelry. i love this pattern! i used it for the first hat i ever made, and i've made a handful of others since. it's easy to make and super basic, which makes it endlessly customizable!
though this pattern asks for a worsted weight yarn, i had great success doubling up the dk weight. I also adapted the ribbing to a k1/p1, as I like the way a tighter ribbing helps hold the shape. Dad specified he wanted a knot at the top, so I finished the patten decreases down to a 2 stitch i-cord for about 12 rows or so and tied it off.
what do you think? will you be casting on a regular guy beanie for yourself?