Pattern: Botanic Hat, by Stephen West. Version with large brim.
Yarn: 1 ball Ella Rae Classic Solids, brown. 1 ball Stonesthrow Farm Vintage VI (from Rhinebeck 2010) in an autumn variegated.
Needles: US 6 & 7
I really should have used a softer yarn for the band. Ella Rae is a great hard wearing yarn for outwear, and it felts like a dream (hello, spit-splicing!), but it is perhaps a bit too scratchy for skin-contact. And I may have built up my immunity against scratchy yarn. Ah, well, it was a stash buster. I will try soaking the hat in some Eucalan, and maybe some hair conditioner and see what happens. I wouldn't mind knitting this hat again if I can get through the 6 inch brim.