Finished Measurements 10.5” (27 cm) high, with brim unrolled. 8.75” (22 cm) high, with brim turned up. 13.5” (34 cm) circumference [un-stretched]; fits average adult female.
Yarn Requirements Cascade Yarns Eco Duo (70% Natural Alpaca, 30% Natural Merino Wool; 196 yards [180 meters] / 100 grams): 1 skein in shade #1701 (Zebra). **NEW** Get this yarn now atwww.loveknitting.com, my not-so-secret online yarn source. That's where I got mine--they are awesome!
Needles One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 7 (4.5 mm). One set of four double-pointed needles size US 7 (4.5 mm).
Gauge 25 stitches & 28 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in 1 x 1 Ribbing [un-stretched]. 26 stitches & 28 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Seeded Rib Pattern.
Notions Stitch Marker. Yarn needle. Scissors. One co-ordinating faux-fur pom-pom size 4” (10 cm). Note: There should be enough yarn left over after making the hat, if you want to make a yarn pompom instead.
Skills Required Long-tail (or other stretchy) cast on. Knitting in-the-round. Knitting with double-pointed needles. Decreasing.
Directions Using circular needle, and long-tail cast-on method, cast on 84 stitches. Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
1 x 1 Ribbing: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Brim Work in 1 x 1 Ribbing for 3.5” (9 cm). On last round of ribbing, increase one stitch by knitting into the front and back of the final knit stitch of that round—85 sts. Change to Seeded Rib Pattern for body of hat.
Seeded Rib Pattern Rnd 1: *k3, p1, k1; repeat from * to end of rnd. Rnd 2: *k2, p1, k1, p1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Body Work in Seeded Rib Pattern until hat measures 10.25” (26 cm) from cast-on edge [brim unrolled], ending on a Rnd 1. Begin decrease sequence for crown.
Crown Note: change to double-pointed needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably around circular needle.
Rnd 1: *k2tog, p1, k1, p1; repeat from * to end of rnd—68 sts. Rnd 2: *k1, k3tog; repeat from * to end of rnd—34 sts. Rnd 3: *k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd—17 sts.
Finishing Break yarn, leaving a 10” (25 cm) tail. Thread tail through yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, pulling snugly to neatly close top of hat. Use the same yarn to attach pom-pom to top of hat. Fasten securely and weave in loose ends on WS.