This makes a large adult hat 24 inches in diameter.
1 skein knitting worsted, color of choice
1 size US 6 (4.0 mm) circular 16-inch knitting needles.
1 set of size US 6 (4.0 mm) double pointed needles.
1 row marker
6 stitch markers that are distinctive in size or color from row marker.
Length of scrap yarn for provisional cast on.
Cast on 96 stitches using provisional cast on.
Row 1-3: Knit
Work k1, p1 ribbing until work measures 3 inches.
Knit 3 rows
Row 1: *P3, k9, place marker, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: *P3, k9, repeat from * to end of row
Repeat row 2 until hat measures 6-1/4 inches. Repeat row 2 once more, removing your markers as you work the row. Hem the brim.
“Hemming” the Brim:
Fold the edge with the provisional cast-on under just as though you were turning a hem and bring it up through the center of the work (fold with the ribbing inside, knit side outside). Starting at the beginning of the provisional row, put the stitches from the provisional cast-on onto a second needle – either all of them onto a circular needle, or as many as will comfortably fit onto one double pointed needle, transferring more provisional stitches onto the DPN as necessary. Use your right-hand needle to transfer the first provisional stitch on that row from the provisional needle to the left-hand working needle and purl it and the first stitch on the working row together (p2tog). Transfer the second provisional stitch onto the left-hand needle and purl it and the second working stitch on the row together. Continue on around, working in pattern, until the end of the row. Make sure the beginning yarn end gets tucked down into the fold and is hidden inside the “hemmed” portion. You should come out even, with the last provisional stitch and the last working stitch being knitted together. You should end up with 96 stitches.
Begin working pattern stitch again starting with row 1. Repeat row 2 until work measures 8-1/3 inches. Work decreases.
Row 1: *P3, k4, k2tog, k3 repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: *P3, k3, k2tog, k3, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: *P3, k2, k2tog, k3, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4: *P3, k2, k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 5: *P3, k1, k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 6: *P1, p2tog, k4, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 7: *P2, k1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 8: *p2tog, k1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 9: *k2tog, repeat from * to end of row
Cut thread, pass thread through stitches on needle, pull tight and secure.