The Pontiff isn’t big on handknit hats, because they’re “not warm enough”. But he has been wearing the double-knit hat I made for him. With the brim turned up, it’s 4 layers thick. I figured I’d try again with something else, though.
Enter Elizabeth Zimmermann’s “Very Warm Hat”. Two layers of stranded knitting over the ears.
I figured he probably wouldn’t be interested in having a pattern on it, so I only stranded one side, and left the other plain. That way he could choose… and as I thought, he prefers the plain side out. But he does admit that it is, indeed, a very warm hat.
I told him it needed the stranding for the extra warmth. He asked if I could just use two balls of the same color for the stranded pattern. Sigh. Now I guess I’ll have to look into twined (“two end”) knitting.