Basic teen/adult hat:
Yarn: Super Bulky Size 6 – personally, I love Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick
Needles: 9mm, 16″ circular – personally, I love my bamboo Clover Takumi knitting needles
Long tail cast-on: 48 sts
This hat is knit in the round.
**Tip: I like to start with this little trick to avoid the “starting gap” in the brim**
- Move the first cast-on stitch (the slipknot) from the left-hand needle to the tip of the right-hand needle. Just slip it from left needle to right needle.
- Lift the second stitch (the last cast-on stitch) on the right needle over this slipped stitch and move it to the left-hand needle.
- Then just start the ribbing with the swapped stitch on your left needle.
With this tip, the first and last stitches of the round exchange places and close the gap that would otherwise form at the join. Now on to making this hat!
All rows have 48 stitches until decrease rows.
Ribbing for 8 rows: K1, P1 around
Rows 9 and 10: K1 around
Rows 11, 12, 13: P1 around
Rows 14, 15, 16: K1 around
Rows 17-34: Repeat Rows 11 to 16 three more times
Note: Total rows at this point = 34 (8 rows rib, 2 rows K1 plus 24 rows of P1 and K1)
Row 35: K2tog, K1, K1 around (36 sts)
Row 36: K2tog, K1, K1 around (27 sts)
Row 37: K2tog, K1 around (18 sts)
Cut yarn leaving about 8″ tail, thread tail through loops to take off needles.
Pull tight, weave back through a few stitches and tighten. Thread end through center to inside of hat and weave end through a couple stitches inside, then cut off any excess yarn end.
Add optional pom and enjoy!