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Needles One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 9 (5.5 mm). One set of four double-pointed needles size US 9 (5.5 mm).
Gauge 18 stitches & 24 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in 1 x 1 Ribbing [un-stretched]. 18 stitches & 24 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch.
Notions Stitch Marker. Yarn needle. Scissors.
Skills Required Long-tail (or other stretchy) cast on. Knitting in-the-round. Knitting with double-pointed needles. Decreasing.
Directions Using circular needle, and holding together one strand of yarn from each ball, use the circular cast-on method to cast on 80 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 round.
Brim Work in 1 x 1 Ribbing for 15 rounds, or until brim measure 2.5" (6.5 cm) from cast-on edge.
Body Change to Stockinette Stitch (knit every round) and work even until hat measures 5.75" (14.5 cm) from cast-on edge. Begin decrease sequence for crown.
Crown Note: change to double-pointed needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably around circular needle. Rnd 1: *k6, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--70 sts. Rnd 2: knit. Rnd 3: knit. Rnd 4: knit. Rnd 5: *k5, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--60 sts. Rnd 6: knit. Rnd 7: knit. Rnd 8: *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--50 sts. Rnd 9: knit. Rnd 10: knit. Rnd 11: *k3, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--40 sts. Rnd 12: knit. Rnd 13: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--30 sts. Rnd 14: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--20 sts. Rnd 15: *k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd--10 sts.
Finishing Break yarn, leaving a 6" (15 cm) tail. Thread tail through yarn needle and draw though remaining stitches, pulling snugly to neatly close top of hat. Fasten securely and weave in all loose ends on WS.