I am out of sock yarn. I do have a few skeins on order, but in the meantime, I can't knit socks - my very favorite, quick and easy, no thinking required project. But a hat is always fun to make. Talk about quick - I had this done in a few hours! It is Paton's Chunky (75% acrylic/25% wool). Cast on 64 stitches on size 6 mm needles, knit 7", start decreasing in sets of 8 (k6, k2tog) 1st row, K 1 row, then the next row I think was in sets of 6, K 1 row, then 4... etc. 4" i'cord to make a hanging loop for the hook at school. Yes, it is for my son. Don't you just love the hanging loop - I got up to the tippy top and I thought - why not?
I started the 1st stripe after 10 rows - next time around I think I will start at around row 15 so it doesn't get lost in the brim. But then again - once you have it on - it does seem to stretch out a bit so I think it is fine.
Don't ask me why I am in the mood to knit a wool hat on the hottest day of summer. Oh - I know why, knitting gives me an excuse to sit down and put my feet up! Here is a photo of the hat on an adult head (mine!). I hope it is long enough to cover my son's ears. Anyway, I like it and I think he will too. Maybe I will cast on another - but after 10 rows I will add 5 rows of k2, p2 rib and then start the decreasing after knitting 7.5 - 8" - that should be long enough to cover MY ears! Yeah, I think I will try that.
Edited to add: Here is a very good tutorial for a very similar hat if you are having a hard time figuring it out... it seems like it would be a little big circumference wise - I cast on fewer stitches and used a smaller needle, but the idea is about the same. And don't bind off if you want the i-cord - just keep knitting that! But I like the idea of a pom pom too!