There are days when I need to acknowledge unpleasantness, but keep moving forward. On those days, my motto is "onward". I made this hat as a tactile reminder to myself for those days.
I took the letters of "onward", encoded them as numbers, and then charted those numbers. The marked squares were turned into purl stitches, and thus I made this stitch pattern.
This is a top-down hat. It can be ended when the yarn does if necessary; the pattern has sufficient purls in it that it doesn’t curl. A shorter hat will be a cap; a longer one can cover the ears for warmth; an even longer one can be slouchy. Knit the crown and some ribbing in a contrast color if desired.
Can be worked in any yarn with appropriate needles. Recommended yarn is the one shown in the photos.