I made this hat for my son a few weeks ago, as we take him out on walks about three times a day. It was great. I got tons of random compliments while walking around . . . then we lost it, yesterday. Boo! I guess I'll be making another . . .
I used 1 skein of Plymouth Fantasy Naturale (140 yards). Turing's head was 18 inches around at the time, though I purposefully made it too bit so he could grow into it a bit
Cast on 6 stitches on size 8 double pointed needles
Put 2 stitches on 3 needles, knit in the round
round 1: [k1, increase1] three times
round 2: [k2, increase1] three times
round 3: [k3, increase1] three times
. . .
round 6: [k6, increase1] three times
repeat the following two round until you reach the circumference that you want:
round a: [k1, m1, knit to last, increase1] on each needle
round b: [knit to last, increase1] on each needle
For this hat, I knit until there were 32 stitches on each needle (total of 96 stitches)
Switch to circular needles.
knit for 3 inches.
For the hat brim:
round1: increase on every stitch
round2: [k1, slip1, p1, slip1]
round3,4,5: [k2, p2]
I used a picot bind off:
[chain cast on 2, bind off 6]
If the hat is too big, tighten it by adding a bow - use some extra yarn and weave [over two stitches/under two stitches] about 1 inch up from the brim. Tighten and tie off.