cast on a multiple of 8, +2 (82? 90?72?–what ever works for your yarn/gauge. (more for fine yarn, fewer for thick yarn)
Work first inch in ribbing (1X1, or 2X 2, or some other ribbing)
(optional work first 2 inches (3 inches, 4 inches)
A–Continue in ribbing
B–change to a stocking knit or other stitch pattern
when hat is (7–(to 11!) inches long, beging shaping.
Place 1 marker after first stitch and before last stitch
Place 7 other markers–evenly (so you have 8 evenly groups of stitches (plus one edge stitch on each edge)
Pick a right side (if one hasn’t been established)
after first marker, * K2tog, then continue in pattern–(ribbing, stocking knit/what ever) till next marker.
repeat from *
(8 stitches decreased)
next row, (wrong side of work) NO DECREASES
Repeat these 2 rows, (decreasing 8/no decrease) till you have 10 stitches left.
cut a long tail (about 18 inches)
thread tail onto tapestry needle
draw through remaining ten stitches (twice!) and then pull snug.
make a small knot.
Use remaining tail to sew seam (use a matress stitch, and enclose single edge stitch into seam.
The 'formula" works with most yarn.
you can make hats with deep fold back cuffs (4 inches of ribbing–10 to 11 inches of hat before shaping)
or small close fitting beanie (1 inch of ribbing, 5 inches before shaping
it can be made in all ribs, or in a variety of stitch patterns.
it can be finished with a pom pom or tassel.
it can be made smal (56 stitches) or extra large (90 stitches) (worsted weight yarn)
it can be made with fingering yarn (about 112 stitches cast on!) or with chunky yarn (cast on 56 stitches!)
you can add stripes or stitch patterns to make it interesting.
its is a basic hat!