I’m trying to make up a pattern for a cabbie/newsie hat such as this one:http://www.hartfordyork.com/images/uploads/550_400_thumb.jpg
and I want to make the sides sturdy enough to not flop over when I don’t want them to. I don’t want it felted because there’d be no give in the hat; nor do I want to make it close to the head because it wouldn’t look like the above picture. Something strong enough to do what it’s told and yet acting like a knit fabric would be ideal.
I was thinking something along the lines of a slip-stitch pattern, something that looks woven, or something cable-y that decreases well and doesn’t require disproportionate amounts of effort (I tried this:http://www.knittingwisdom.com/stitches/cable-weave.htm and wanted to put my needles through my eyes after about 6 rows). I might also try something as simple as using small needles, but I’d like a bit of texture as well.
Anyone have ideas? Experiences? Handy reference links of sturdy non-felted stitches, or a wonderous book full of the same? I’ll thank you in advance to spur you on!