Aww, ain't he cute!
Materials: worsted weight yarn, wool works great, superwash wool even better.
US #7 16" circular needles.
6 st markers.
Gauge: 5 sts per 1 inch
Sizes: Infant (child, small adult, large adult)
Finished dimensions 14 (16, 18, 20)" Pick a size that is about 2" smaller than actual head circumference.
Cast on 70 (80, 90, 100) sts loosely. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Join in a round and work in stockinette st for 6 rounds.
Rows 1, 3 and 5: *k5, sl 5 wyif; repeat from * to beginning.
Rows 2 and 4: Knit.
Row 6: K7, * insert needle between the 3 loose strands and the knit fabric coming from the top to bottom, yarn over needle and draw loop up (this will gather the 3 strands together); knit the next st and pass loop over knit st, knit 9; repeat from * end last repeat k2.
Rows 7, 9, and 11: *sl 5 wyif, k5; repeat from * to beginning.
Rows 8 and 10: Knit.
Row 12: K2, * insert needle between the 3 loose strands and the knit fabric coming from the top to bottom, yarn over needle and draw loop up (this will gather the 3 strands together); knit the next st and pass loop over knit st, knit 9; repeat from * end last repeat k7.
Repeat these 12 rows until piece measures about 4” (5”, 6”) from edge of rolled brim. You’ll want to end having just worked either row 6 or row 12.
Prep row for decreases:
Knitting even, decrease 4 (2, 0, 4) sts evenly over the next row. You will now have 66 (78, 90, 96) stitches.
Place a stitch marker after every 11 (13, 15, 16).
*Knit to 2 stitches before the stitch marker, k2tog, slip marker; repeat from * to beginning. 6 decreases total.
Repeat these last 2 rows until 6 sts remain (you can stop earlier for a less pointy top).
When you stitches get too tight to continue, switch to dpn's, magic loop or 2 circ method.
Draw yarn through these 6 sts, pull tight and weave in ends.
Optional knot top: Decrease from 6 to 4 sts. Work i-cord for 2”, weave in ends and tie in a knot.
Place hat on the head of the person the hat is knit for. Mark wear the earlobes are. If person is unavailable, fold hat in half and mark about ½” back from halfway mark.
With hat right side out, count 6 rows in from cast on edge. Count 8 stitches back from your mark. Pick up 8 stitches, make sure you are at your earlobe mark, pick up 8 more stitches past the mark.
Work in garter st or seed st for about 2 (2.5, 3, 3.5)”.
K2tog, work to last 2 sts, ssk.
Work in pattern.
Repeat last 2 rows until 4 sts remain.
Continue on in pattern or work an i-cord on the remaining 4 stitches until long enough to tie under chin.