Sticking with the same era as the Downtown Hat I knit a 1920 Stripes.
I used stash yarn for the entire hat. The white for the stripes was leftover from my Moose Eh? sweater. (You never saw that sweater as I ruined it so completely by thinking I could design it better than the designer that I tossed it upon completion.) The yarn was a lovely, soft, chunky weight and its leftovers look great in this hat. For the main colour, I used a doubled strand of Shelridge Yarns DK in blue.
With most Cabin Fever designs, at first glance, a knitter might think - 'Oh yea. Another sweater/hat/mitten pattern.' Often though, there is a technique or two of technical genius that makes the design a teaching tool within a pattern. 1920s Stripes is no exception. Basically a toque it seems. There are some reverse stockinet ribs and short rows that create a longer-in-front-than-back style.
BUT - the short rows are done with CF's latest, easy-peasy method - the Twinned Stitch Short Row. Such an improvement - easier to do and better results - than the wrap&turn type.Then there is the crown of this hat. Four decrease points, two at the centre front and two at the centre back. When the stitches are decreased by 50% the opening is closed with a three needle bind off. It looks like this.
Again, I say, Wow! A big WOW! for the pattern - thanks, Deb. And a lesser Wow! for my already growning list of FOs. As of January 8, I have three pieces, all started and finished in the new year. At this rate, I should see the end of my stash in 2016. Not many knitters can say that.