Last night I finished knitting this second Eldridge hat and washed it, leaving it to block dry overnight. This morning, it was all ready for its debut!
For this second hat, I used Malabrigo Worsted instead of the Madelinetosh, and the result is a squishier, drapier hat. The Vintage has more body and therefore flops down a bit less than the Malabrigo, but the difference doesn't matter much for the design.
The color I used is Rattan (color number 504), which is a really pretty straw yellow with almost no color variation. I wanted to see the hat in an almost-solid color so that the lace would really shine through, which I think it really does in this one!
I also decided to knit this one in a size Large instead of the Medium I used for the original sample. The brim on the original was just a smidge tight on my huge head (my head is 22.5" around!), so the Large was probably the right size for me anyway. I think I'm going to get a lot of wear out of both the hats!! Oh and it took way less than one skein of Malabrigo to finish this one, so you can almost certainly get three hats out of two skeins . . . which is an awesome deal.
Here's a closeup of the lace pattern:
And here's how it looked before blocking out the lace to open it up:
Big difference, huh?