I designed “Everyone’s Hat and Scarf” with this question in mind. I showed my mid-fifties friend the hat with a pom pom and he said, “I like it, but get rid of the pom pom.” Maybe it’s an age thing. I had a young male knitter in who is making a slouch hat. I asked him about the pom pom. He said he’d probably put one on. Pom poms are fun. Not all men are. So the pattern is out: with reversible cables, the hat can be turned up to a conservative watchman’s cap; it’s long enough to be a slouch, either can be with or without the pom pom. The scarf is long enough to be worn as a scarf that can be wrapped several times, or as a cowl that can be wrapped three times. Something for everyone. Next question on my mind? Do men wear fringe?
The pattern can be found on my Etsy KISSpatterns shop.