This is yet another Wool and the Gang pattern I've completed. You can find the pattern for the crown hat here free of charge on their website. This particular hat was a collaboration with Vivienne Westwood. She's one of the designers I admire. I thought I'd tackle it because I had an extra skein of Crazy Sexy Wool, which I intended to use for a different hat, and some extra yarn left over from my Wonderwool sweater.
Wool and the Gang is a great source of knitting projects, yarns and tools for the beginner or novice, or even the occasional knitter who wants to do a knit-along. However, if you are a thrifty knitter, you might find these patterns and yarns aren't worth your money because they are a little overpriced. They have a very "designer" look that would fit right into instagram, and you really do pay for the convenience of knitting kits.
Wool and the Gang also released a video tutorial on their channel, so if you were at the very beginning of your knitting journey, this will take you through the entire pattern:
It's a very quick knit and you can complete it on a weekend afternoon if you're a novice like me. A beginner can easily pick up the techniques through the video. I used my KnitPro Symfonie Interchangeables and I finally learned how to attach those needles using the cable key (why didn't I learn this sooner?). You can knit with double-pointed needles, as stated in the pattern.
Overall, I'm a little disappointed with the result. Mainly because I'm not keen on my choice of colours and should've gone for a yellow for the crown, or a white. Something not as dark as the pink because it doesn't look much like a crown and more like pink Christmas pudding with a glaze. The hat isn't as long as the pictures from Wool and the Gang but it's a shallow fit.
Disclaimer: Links provided are direct links. I'm not an affiliate or being paid for this post. I'm just a regular consumer and pick up the occasional knitting project in my spare time. At the moment of publishing, the link to the free pattern is not accessible but alternatively, you can search using the bar for "crown hat".