i love knitting hats, because they are a relatively quick project, and i like to wear them too. they make great gifts and don't take a lot of yarn. i thought i'd share my pattern notes for this easy hat, just in case anyone would want to use them. you can get creative about how to put together colors, stripes and patterns or craft a lovely single color hat.
1 ball osprey, or equivalent in various colors (it takes much less than a ball, though)
size 10 16" circular needle (i also knit this hat on size 9 needles for a tighter fabric that still fits an adult)
size 10 double point needles set
Using circular needle, CO 72 st.
Join for working in the round, placing marker at the beginning of the row, being careful not to twist.
Work in rib stitch- knit 1, purl 1 until hat measures about a 1 1/2 inches from the cast on row.
Knit until hat measures about 6 1/2 inches from the cast on row.
Decrease for crown as follows, changing to double point needles when necessary:
row 1: K6, k2tog, repeat to end of row.
row 2: knit.
row 3: K5, k2tog, repeat to end of row.
row 4: knit.
row 5: K4, k2tog, repeat to end of row.
row 6: knit.
row 7: K3, k2tog, repeat to end of row.
row 8: knit.
row 9: K2, k2tog, repeat to end of row.
row 10: knit.
row 11: K1, k2tog, repeat to end of row.
row 12: knit.
row 13 : k2tog, repeat to end of row.
break yarn, leaving about 6 inches of yarn. thread yarn onto yarn needle and draw tail through remaining stitches. pull snuggly and tie end off. weave ends in. wear or gift!