Vanilla is sometimes used an adjective to mean something plain so it seemed like the perfect name for this pattern. I wanted the perfect plain hat that could show off a unique skein of speckled or variegated yarn, show the beautiful tonal shifts in an understated semi-solid, be easily adaptable if I wanted to change it up a little, or even satisfy the most picky gift recipient who only likes plain things (don't we all have at least one of these?).
I came up with this folded brim, stockinette hat. The brim is knit with a smaller needle size so it gives the hat a snug, comfortable fit that stays put without squeezing around the bottom. There are 3 sizes to choose from and you can make it fitted or slouchy. My sister has very curly hair and she likes her L slouchy version because she can keep warm without getting serious hat hair.
You will need one skein of Merino Storm for this pattern and to be able to do a provisional cast on. Other than folding the brim and decreasing to shape the crown, the whole thing is stockinette stitch so it is suitable for an adventurous beginner.
There are so many fun ways you can modify this hat. You can add stripes, ombre stripes, color blocks, a pompom or use a contrasting color for the inside of the brim.