Behold, the functional beanie. After the disappointment that was the Harper Hat, I found a few people recommending the Roku Hat as an easy, smartly designed, and classic beanie pattern. It didn’t disappoint. It knit up quickly and I love that it’s totally reversible. Not that I really need to be able to turn my beanie inside out—but I appreciate the thoughtful design. If you’re considering it check out all the versions on Ravelry for inspiration.
Roku Hat by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Medium (my head circumference is 22.5″)
- 1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted that I very snazzily overdyed
- 4mm circular needles & DPNs. I did not use recommended 3.75mm needles for cast on, instead I cast on tightly with 4mm and that worked fine.
- 18.5″ diameter
- 9.75″ tall
Started decreases after recommended 8 inches. Next time I would do a little less, maybe 7 inches, for a less height up top OR I would make it longer so I could comfortably cuff the brim. I’d also knit a size larger to more comfortably accommodate my unsuspectingly wide head. It’s not necessarily too tight as it is, but it does leave the ol’ barcode imprint on my forehead after I wear it for a while, and I wish the top was a bit wider. I think more fullness up top (width, not height!) would be more flattering for my face shape.
Bonus! It’s been in rotation for a few months now and the over dyed yarn is holding up great. No scratchiness, piling, or colour transfer. Awesome.