**Note: This pattern is not perfect and has not been test knit! This is just how I knit it and your gauge may differ**
I realized that I wrote this pattern up quite some time ago (Like the day I finished the hat), and had never shared it. Truth be told, I was waiting to get a better picture of it but the Christmas knitting rush was upon me and I never got around to it. Maybe I can get the recipient to model it for me eventually.
This hat is worked back and fourth on straight needles (or circs, if you prefer). You can do it one of two ways, do a provisional cast on and then do a three needle bind off, and mattress stitch just the top portion, or cast on and bind off normally and mattress stitch all the way up the seam.
This hat comfortably fits my 22" head, as well as my boyfriend's 24" head, and comes to mid-ear.
If you didn't want to stripe it, I think this had would look really interesting in a self-striping or variegated yarn. Variegated yarn may pool around the top because of the short rows, but I think that's why it would be neat to try it!
Helpful Tutorials (not mine!):
Provisional Cast On (This is my preferred method, although you could crochet a chain of an appropriate number of stitches and pick up and knit from the chain)
Three Needle Bind off
Mattress stitch (Scroll down for the garter stitch tutorial)
Knitting ends in as you go
Any worsted, 2 or more colors. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease, and Plymouth Encore Worsted
Pair of size 8 straights plus another, should you choose to do a three needle bind-off.
Crochet hook 5.5mm/I, or one close to the needle size, again if you choose to do a three needle bind-off
Pattern: Ravel it! Not on Ravelry? Find it here.