I'm spending the first few weeks of the year cleaning the studio and working on schedules but I've found time for knitting a few of my favorite hats.
This is a close fitting hat, simple in shape and easy to knit. You could make it taller and add a tassel or pom pom but I like this one because you can fit it under a hood or ski helmet. I prefer using a wool/acrylic blend which makes it warm but not too scratchy. Also, using a variegated yarn makes it look cool.
Worsted Weight Yarn - medium weight (I used Coats & Clark, Moda Dea, Vision, one 100g, 3.5oz, 155yd skein). It took me about 4-5 hours to knit. My head is about 23". For Joe's hat, he's got a bigger head, I added 10 stitches and made the facing 2 1/2" wide and the hat 5 1/4 - 5 1/2 inches tall before I started to decrease).
Size 7 needles, circular and double-end
Cast on 90 stitches on circular needles, Place a marker at beginning of row.
Knit 1 1/2" for facing
Purl 1 row (this makes the facing turn inside easily and is the bottom of the hat edge)
Knit 4 1/2 - 5" (depending on how far you like it to cover your ears)
Decrease - switch to double ended needles when necessary
K2 tog, *K8, K2 tog, repeat from * to end of row.
K2 tog, *K7, K2 tog, repeat from * to end of row
K2 tog, *K6, K2 tog, repeat from * to end of row....
Continue in this pattern, decreasing the number of *K stitches every other row, until 9 stitches remain and cast off, knot. Flip facing and sew loosely to inside with matching yarn.
Inside facing, sewn to hat with matching yarn: