If you're short of ideas for a quick gift knit then this hat could be just what you're after! I've got the rights back to many of the designs I originally did for Simply Knitting and The Knitter, so I'm working through and getting them ready for release as single pattern downloads.
I've renamed this beanie Penselwood, after a pretty village not far from here. This hat is knitted back and forth, with an interesting lace pattern at the start, ending with a plain stocking stitch top. The decreases form a satisfying spiral and before you know it, you'll be sewing up the seam and wrapping up the finished hat for a friend.
I chose Louisa Harding's Ianthe yarn for this design, although any smooth DK yarn would work brilliantly I'm sure. Ianthe is a lovely blend of 50% merino and 50% cotton, and I really enjoyed knitting with it.
The lace pattern features a clever wrap stitch pattern that's really simple to work, but looks lovely. Full instructions are included in the pattern download, and the lace pattern is given in both written and charted formats.