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1 skein worsted weight yarn*
US 8 16" circular needle
US 8 DPN's
Sizes: Child [Adult woman, Adult man, Large Adult man]
Cast on 88 [92, 96, 100] stitches loosely (I used long-tail cast-on).
Place marker. Join in a circle, being careful not to twist.
* K1, P1 * around.
Continue in ribbing pattern for 3" (blue hat only has 2"... it looks better with 3")
Knit one row. This makes a crease line to fold the brim up.
Round 1: K3, P1 around.
Round 2: P1, K1, * P3, K1 * to last to stitches, P2.
Repeat these two rounds until main body measures 6" [6.5"-7", 7"-7.5", 7"-7.5"], ending after Round 1
Switch to DPN's
Row 1: * P1, K1, P2tog * around. (66 [69, 72, 75] stitches)
Row 2: K all stitches
Row 3: P1, * K1, P2 * around to last 2 stitches, K1, P1
Row 4: K all stitches
Row 5: P1, * K1, P2tog * to last 2 stitches, K1, Sl1, Remove marker, Sl1 back, P2tog, Place marker. (44 [46, 48, 50] stitches)
Row 6: K all stitches
Row 7: K2tog around (22 [23, 24, 25] stitches)
Row 8: K all stitches
Row 9: K2tog around (11 [12, 12, 13] stitches)... if previous round had an odd number, one stitch will be knit plain
Cut yarn, leaving a fairly long tail. Thread through all stitches and pull tightly, weave in end.
Make pom pom and attach, if desired (I hadn't originally planned on using one, but it turns out, it really makes the hat).
Optional edging (click here for a picture):
With contrasting (worsted weight) yarn and brim folded up, attach to top of brim through top stitch of one of the knit ribs.
Chain 1, sc in next knit rib around.
Attach to beginning with slip st.
Cut yarn, weave in ends.
Turn hat so the base of the brim is facing up and repeat... you will need to do the sc's through the 2 stitches (one from the brim and one from the main body) 1 stitch below the turning round, so that the edging is secure and sits against the edge rather than hanging from it.
* Blue hat shown in Lamb's Pride Worsted (190 yards). Edged hat shown in Lion brand Wool-Ease (197 yards), which is a good choice for charity knitting, as it is inexpensive and easy to care for. There was quite a bit left over when done in the child's size... possibly enough to do the brim of another hat.