Last week Donna Druchunas had a free pattern give-away. It was for her Mermaids in Juneau hat. I promptly downloaded it and saved it to my library. Yesterday, I cast on to make it as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law.
That pattern has a couple techniques that I have never used before.
First, the cast on is a Bavarian cast on. It is a variation of the long-tail cast on that creates a nub for each pair of stitches. It is very stretchy. I like how it looks on the edge of the hat. It took a little practice to get my hands to alternate motions in order to create the nub.
Second, the body of the hat has an elongated stitch. The trickiest part of that stitch is making sure the tension is consistent with the other elongated stitches.
This is a fast knit and should be done this weekend.