I've knitted many a hat before, but this will be the second hat that I've "constructed" using a cut and sew method. People often ask me about small projects that can be made with my fabrics. I thought the Escape Hat from Angel Lea Designs was a good candidtate. (Yes, I know it says it's a man's hat.)
I've already changed my mind on the fabric for the crown since the original pic was taken. I'm now using the plain diamond pattern for the brim and the diamonds with ribs for the brim, both cotton. The inside will be plain gold bamboo. The pieces are now cut and the interfacing fused.
I have a lot of hair and I find it more comfortable (and fun) to have it come out of the top of certain hats. With the way the pattern is drafted, it looks as though it'll be an easy mod (to be continued).
It's finished! I have a few tips on how to modify the pattern to make the "sunroof", also a way to work this if you're using sweater knits, so that the fabric doesn't ravel. I'll post them soon. In the meantime, there's a little more on my blog and another pic, too.
Posted my tips on how to turn this lined hat pattern into the version you see here.