It wasn't even on my radar, but since BF and I were in clean-up mode over the holiday break and I rediscovered this lost project from last January, I decided to finish it. I was only about 20% done, but since it's double stranded worsted weight yarn (Cascade 220) knit on US Size 11 needles, it knits up amazingly fast. In no time at all, I was done with the hat, before the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve.
In case you want to make your own, it's Deb's Derby by Cascade Yarns and it's a free download.
The trick with a felted hat, is that you really have to keep an eye on it, or it will felt too much before you know it. Remember - felting is more of an art than a science. I checked every few minutes and was fortunate enough to pull it out at the perfect time.
I fitted the wet hat on my head (for the perfect fit) and shaped the brim. I like the bowler look for my derby. There are many options - but this is my favorite. Once it dries, I'll model the hat for you.
Here's my first Felted Derby from 2004. It's my favorite to this day.
Hmm. I look so much younger in this picture. I guess I was. Here's hoping the green hat is equally as happy and worn nearly as much.