The last two weeks I was absorbed by this project, Tucked, a hat designed by WoollyWormhead. My swatch with 3.25mm needles gave me the right gauge. But, I only have short sockneedles in this size, and my stitches kept sliding of my needles. A frustrating knit.
So I switched to long circular needles in 3mm. Better, but still not ideal. Getting those tucks on the needles is a bit fiddly, it's not a quick knit. It's fascinating to see how the hat being shaped by shortrows. In the Ravelrygroup there is a lot of discussion going on about different techniques to do this.
At the crown shaping I switch to the double pointed needles again, and I have bought an extra short circular needle. Here you can see how the tucks are being knit together.
And this my final object.
For me this is a perfect shape, a slouchie beanie. The tucks in reverse stockinette add extra visual interest, it's more then just a beanie.
I also like the five shades of grey. This was ment for a gift, but I might keep it for myself. And there is still the November mysteryhat by WoollyWormhead, so that's another option to knit a gift.