I decided that the two hats I pictured in my earlier post, although similar, are different enough that they each deserve a moment in the spotlight (so stay tuned for "Falling Leaves"). I delayed putting these patterns up because Kerrie at MagKnits was kind enough to feature another of my hat patterns in her June issue, and I didn't want to compete with its release (even though "Rose-of-Sharon" is very different from the others).
But here at last is "Beaufort":
The Beaufort wind scale allows sailors to estimate wind speed; at 19-24 mph (a “fresh breeze”), waves are topped with whitecaps, and foam begins to spray from their peaks. (For those landlocked, small trees sway!) The color and pattern of this hat remind me of billowing whitecaps, and the yarn—a cotton-microfiber blend—is suitable for a chilly afternoon on the water, even in mid-summer.
"Beaufort" uses 2 balls of Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton for the small or medium size, which will fit a small-medium child, and a medium child-medium adult, respectively; the large size requires 3 balls. The crown decreases are worked quite nicely into the stitch pattern, if I do say so myself. (More pics here.)
Edited to add: Heavens! How embarrassing. I just realized that the pdf directions are for Beaufort without a ribbed edging, which I intended to include as an option, but which is not as the hat is pictured. As pictured: cast on as directed, then work approx 1(1, 1.5) in of 3X3 ribbing (P3, k3; rep to end of rnd) before starting stitch pattern. FIXED! Click on the link above for the corrected pattern.