Buggerloo just happens to be one of a ton of variant nicknames I have for my son. This hat fits him perfectly...now only if I could get him to wear it!
Small (toddler), Large (child, small adult)
(Small hat) Lion Brand Vanna's Choice (100% acrylic; 170yds/155m per 100g skein]; color 174: Olive; 1 skein
(Large hat) Ella Rae Amity (75% acrylic, 25% wool; 200yds/183m per 100g skein]; color 45; 1 skein
16" length-inch US 7/4.5mm circular needle
16" length-inch US 9/5.5mm circular needle
1 set US 9/5.5mm double-point needles
stitch markers/waste yarn
18 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch (on larger needles)
w&t: wrap and turn, bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip next st to right-hand needle, bring yarn around this st to back of work, slip st back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin working back in the other direction.
For the brim, I purchased uncut craft painting stencil sheets. These can be found at Wal-Mart and chain craft stores.
If you would like a looser hat, knit longer before beginning decreases.
Using smaller needles, CO 72 (90) sts. Join in round, being careful not to twist, place marker to indicate beginning of round. Work 1x1 rib for 1 inch.
Switch to larger needles, *k2 (3), M1*; rep from * to * til end of round. [108, 120 sts]
Work in St st until piece measures 4 (5) inches from cast-on edge.
Next Rnd: *k18 (20), place marker*, rep from * to * 5 more times
Dec Rnd 1: *k2tog, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, slip marker*, rep from * to * 5 more times
Dec Rnd 2: knit around
Repeat dec rnds 1 and 2 until 24 sts remain (switching to DPNs when necessary), then work rnd 1 once more [12 sts]. K2tog around [6 sts], break yarn and thread through sts. Pull tight.
Locate join on cast-on edge, using larger needles pick up and knit 12 (15) sts on each side of the join. [24, 30 sts total]
Row 1 (WS): Purl across
Row 2 (RS): K 22, w&t
Row 3: P 20, w&t
Row 4: K 19, w&t
Row 5: P 18, w&t
Row 6: K 17, w&t
Row 7: P 16, w&t
Row 8: K 15, w&t
Row 9: P 14, w&t
Row 12: K 13, w&t
Row 11: P 12, w&t
Row 1 (WS): Purl across
Row 2 (RS): K 28, w&t
Row 3: P 26, w&t
Row 4: K 25, w&t
Row 5: P 24, w&t
Row 6: K 23, w&t
Row 7: P 22, w&t
Row 8: K 21, w&t
Row 9: P 20, w&t
Row 10: K19, w&t
Row 11: P18, w&t
Row 12: K17, w&t
Row 13: P16, w&t
Row 14: K15, w&t
Row 15: P14, w&t
Row 16: K13, w&t
Row 17: P12, w&t
Next Row: Knit across, picking up next 4 (7) wraps and knitting them together with wrapped stitches as you go. For last wrapped stitch, pick up wrapped stitch, then slip wrap, wrapped stitch, and last stitch - knit through back loops.
Next Row: Purl across, purling next 4 (7) wraps with their wrapped stitches when you come to them. For last wrapped stitch, pick up wrapped stitch and p3tog (wrap, wrapped stitch, and last stitch)
Cut plastic to fit into brim (keep in mind that the stitches have a bit of stretch). Weave ends (from cast on and brim join) into brim. Place plastic and graft live stitches to cast-on edge, making sure to keep plastic in place. Weave in remaining ends.
Oh Snap!! Now you have a super rockin hat, go pimp it and see how many people ask you where you bought it!