Last week we received our first assignment for the knitting course I am attending this spring: Make a head garment with cables or aran inspiration. Think shape. Have I been thinking! I have knitted many hats in my life, but never really paid too much attention to shaping. This time had to be different. So many beautiful hats, beanies, berets are out there, displaying the most wonderful cables and advanced pattern combinations. I thought I should go back to basics instead, so I defined my tasks: find a perfect fit and at the same time apply a simple cable pattern with decreases as an integrated part. After several swatches I found two that worked well. I ended up choosing the most simple, a lattice cable pattern, where I introduced “shrinking” along the way. I like the result, mission complete, a no nonsense hat! Tomorrow I will go shopping in my favourite shop, Handler, for a velvet band to attach to the crocheted edge.