This is a super easy knit hat. It knit with a great wool blend, making it warm, and washable. I've sized it from Infant to Adult, so you can knit up one for every one in your family!!! I've included size XXL, which is just that, a super chunky, super huge hat, at my sister Phoebe's request.
Infant, Child, Adult, XXL
Super bulky yarn (I used Cozy Wool by Loops & Threads Super Bulky: 50% Acrylic, 50% Wool)
1 set of 10 mm (US size 15 double-pointed needles (can use a 16" circular needle until decreases make using the DPNs necessary)
9 sts/14 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st
2X2 Rib (Worked in the round over a multiple of 4 sts)
Round 1: [K2, P2] to end
Repeat this around for 2x2 Rib
If changing colours, use the Stationary Jogless Stripe Technique to make the stripes even.
Infant, (Child, Adult, XXL)
CO 40 (44, 48, 52) Divide stitches between needles. Place marker. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in 2x2 rib for 9 (10, 11, 12) rows.
Continue knitting in stockinette stitch (knit around) until hat measures 4 (4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2) inches
Rnd 1 - K 2(2, 4, 2) K2Tog around - 30 (33, 40, 39) stitches
Rnd 2 - K around
Rnd 3 - K 1(1, 3, 1) K2Tog around - 20 (22, 32, 26) stitchs
Rnd 4 - K around
Rnd 5 - K2tog around - 10 (11, 16, 13) stitches
Rnd 6 - K2tog around (for the child size and XXL you will have one stitch left - just knit it) - 5 (6, 8, 7) stitches
Break yarn and with a tapestry needle thread through the loops and draw tight.
Weave in ends.
And that's it. As you can see in the pictures, I've made a few variations:
Colour: Stripe your hat by changing colours: three rows of ribbing in MC, three rows in CC, complete hat in MC
"Umbilical Cord" Top: (For infant size) Knit to end of instructions, and then instead of breaking yarn and pulling through, instead knit the remaining 5 sitiches as an I-Cord for 5 inches. Cast off five stitches and tie I-Cord in a knot close to hat.