This hat was first published in the Winter 2009 issue of the online magazine Twist Collective. Since that publication, I have made several improvements to the pattern, including a new set of compass points which use decorative increasing and decreasing to achieve smooth-edged points rather than the jagged ones on the original version. The letter band is especially interesting, since the N and S are readable from both sides, but the E and the W switch places so that the compass is correct on both sides.
To make a long story short, it turns out that, per the Twist Collective contract, I should not have published the original version of this pattern at all. In light of this, I’ve made a number of significant changes to the design to distinguish it clearly from the original pattern without changing its aesthetics.
This pattern is currently available only in the 2018 revision of Extreme Double-knitting.