Ironstone Floppy Hat

Knitting, project #153. Completed 4/15/2008.

Ironstone wool yarn is beautiful but it has hardly any stretch in it. This beanie hat is so large (see the gap at the nape between hat and head?)…

…you can turn the ribbed edge under and wear it like a snood or Rasta tam:

Yarn: 96 yds worsted: 1 skein Ironstone Yarns – Colorchanges (53% Wool, 47% Acrylic), 100 yds / 50 g. Color 180.
Yarn gauge: 10 sts = 3″ on #11 needle
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) double-pointed needles
Gauge: Not important
Pattern: Top-Down Hat with Dot Stitch band, Kristin Spurkland, The Knitting Man(ual)
Finished size: Adult XL (possibly XXL)

Notes: Hand wash in cool water or dry clean. Yarn is quite soft but not stretchy. Ribbing does not cling. Hat is super large and can be worn as floppy hat; for a beanie, redo with US 9 (5.5 mm) needles.