Pattern: Madge by Jillian Moreno
Yarn: Handspun by the Gadabout Knitter. The fiber is by the Yarn Wench in Wild Rose.
Needles: US9, 5.5mm
Pattern Modifications: Added rib band to lower edge of hat. Otherwise knit as written.
Gadabout Knitter gifted me this handspun over a year ago, and since I had been trying to find the perfect pattern for it. I wanted a pattern that would show it to its best advantage, as it was truly beautiful handspun. I believe the beauty of handspun lies in its imperfections, as opposed to the cold perfection of machine spun yarn. When I found the Madge pattern, I felt it could do justice to the yarn.
The hat created by strictly following the Madge pattern as written was very shallow. I had expected this, as many knitters on Ravelry had found their finished hats short as well. I decided to lengthen the hat, by adding a horizontal band around the bottom of the hat, similar to that on the Side Slip Cloche in Boutique Knits. I knit a 1x1 rib band slightly longer than the circumference of the hat, then increased the ribs to create a ruffle. I picked up the stitches of the band before the ruffle on the underside of the band, knit the band a bit longer, then recreated the ruffle. I don't know if this was how the ruffle was knit on the Side Slip Cloche, because I have never seen the pattern, so it may have used a different method.
I love the way this hat turned out! It is one of my favorite knits to date, and I would not change a thing about the way it turned out. I am already thinking of knitting a 2nd for my daughter.