This all-weather cap is handsome on men and women alike. The eight-part decrease rounds create a flat circular top, while a firm gauge keeps the gansey-textured crown band standing at attention for pillbox styling. Or you can pull it down low over your ears like a beanie when the wind comes up! We love the tradition and history of ganseys warm, durable, yet soft garments, originally developed to protect seafarers from the cold and sea spray. Family patterns were developed from the original and handed down from generation to generation. Weve provided two traditional gansey pattern charts here, but you can also create your own using this pattern, and share it with family and friends. Start a new tradition! FINISHED SIZE Medium adult: Approx. 22"/56cm around. his hat is designed to fit with little or no stretching so that the sides stand straight. If you wish to increase the size a little, you can fine tune the fit with blocking. For a smaller hat, you can work to a slightly tighter gauge on a smaller needle and block to fit. US 2 (2.75mm) 16"/40cm circular and double-points, or size to obtain gauge. Note: We recommend metal needles for strength as this is a vigorous knit! 8 locking stitch markers (1 in a different color to designate beginning of round). Darning needle to finish. 7"/19cm diameter plate or circle of heavy cardboard for blocking.