Well, folks, the mishaps have been forgotten (mostly) and the Jane hat is complete! I knitted the entire thing on 4.5mm circular needles (rather than changing to 5.5mm needles after the brim was complete, which I think was not the wisest choice. It saved me having to buy another pair of circular needles ($$$), but it meant that the part of the hat past the brim ended up a bit tighter than I would have liked it. As a result, it doesn’t really fall into a natural slouch. I can achieve slouch action by pushing it down, but as I move my head and go about my business, it seems to creep back up into a pointier look (see the second picture below.)
Slouchy — sadly my hat somewhat resists being worn in this style…
Pointy! The way my hat wants to go… At least this picture shows the eyelet design (cabling?) a bit better.
The pointy look was not at all what I was going for, but I’m being open-minded about it… I think I can make it work. Though I do feel a bit like I’m hiding a pointy head under there, à la Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull!