Project Inspiration - Binsoe Hat + Pip Colourwork
We think the strong geometric pattern, the fit, the rustic nature of the yarn, and the colours we've chosen for this version are perfect for men, whether they are knitting for themselves or if someone is knitting for them. The hat is also great for women, either in the colours shown or perhaps more feminine choices. The Binsoe is a great all arounder! Yarn for this hat comes in at under £15 for the smallest size and under £20 for medium and large, (with yarn left over whatever size you do), making it a great value for money as well as a wonderful gift project.
As written, the smallest size of the Binsoe hat is a slouchy, loose fitting hat, particularly on an average size woman's head, and also has a fair amount of slouch on an average male head.
We made the smallest size changing only the needle size for the body and our hat is about 21" unstretched at the brim and about 11" tall overall, which is pretty much spot on with the pattern dimensions. We used a size 1.5US/2.5mm for the ribbing and 3US/3.25mm for the hat itself and our gauge was 28 stitches and 32 rows in 4" of the fair isle stockinette.
This isn't the easiest hat to modify, but there are a couple of adjustments you could make if you like a little less slouch. First, you can use a 2US/2.75mm needle for the body of hat, (which is the recommended size in the pattern), which will decrease the width and height. You could also eliminate one entire repeat of Chart A or just the first 7 rounds of Chart A to decrease the length. This will, however, alter the proportions of the graphic/colours, which will make the hat more balanced between the two colours -- not necessarily a good thing.
We used Dalby, a dark forest green, for the ribbing and as the dominant colour for Chart A and Bramley Baths, a gorgeous light blue/grey and probably our favourite of the Pip Colourworks shades, for the background colour in Chart A.
On the last round of the last repeat of Chart A we used Dalby rather than the background colour as written. In Charts B and C we used Dalby as the background colour and Brass Band as the dominant colour.
Due to the overall length of the hat and the lightweight yarn Binsoe does take a bit longer than some hats, but the colour work is so rhythmic and uncomplicated, (only two colours per round), that you might not seem to notice. Word of warning, though, it does take a fair few rounds for the pattern to emerge so don't panic if it's not clear to you at first. Stick with it and you'll soon see the geometric pattern taking shape.
There are many ways to place your colours with this hat, so you may want to experiment with a few swatches before finalising your colour plan. Whatever path you decide on just make sure to keep the same colour dominant throughout each chart.
To make our version you'll need two skeins of Dalby and one skein each of Bramley Baths and Brass Band for the Small. You'll need an additional skein of Bramley Baths for the Medium and Large sizes.
We've got some kits available in the shop, either with or without the book CoopKnits Toasty Volume 2. If you haven't read our review on this book you can find it here.