3 oz. worsted weight yarn main color and a small amount of contrasting color
Size 8 (16") circular needle, and set of double point or whatever size you need to get the gauge.
Gauge: 4 stitches to 1", 6 rows to 1"
Cast on (64 Child's), 76 (small adult), 80 (large adult), place marker and join being careful not to twist the stitches
For roll brim: Knit 10 rows then purl 2 rows
For ribbed brim: K2, P2 for 12 rows
Begin Checkered pattern. Knit 1 row in main color
Row 1-4 of Pattern: K 4 in main color, K 4 in constrasting color
Row 5-8: K 4 in constrasting color, K4 in main color
Rows 9-12: Repeat rows 1-4
Row 13-16: Repeat rows 5-8, break off constrasting color
Knit 1 row even in main color
Purl 2 rows
Rest of hat until piece measures 7", Knit
Row 1: Knit 6, K2 tog.
Row 2 and all even: Knit
Row 3: Knit 4, K2 tog
Row 5: Knit 3, K 2 tog
Row 7: Knit 2, K 2 tog.
Row 9 ; K 1, K 2 tog
Row 11: K 2 tog around
Repeat until 5 stitches remain.
To finish off you can knit 2 more together and then knit those 4 stitches for 3" into an I cord, fasten off and tie to
top of hat making a loop or fasten off the fives stitches and add a three strand braid to the top of the hat in the two colors
or add a matching pom pom. Please finish the hat for Ship Support by cutting off the yarn 10" long, run through the stitches
and fasten off. The guys prefer nothing on the top so the hats can fit under their helmets.
Fasten in all yarn ends.
To make I-cord : Knit 4 on a double point, slide stitches to end of needle and knit those 4 stitches again. Repeat until
desired length. It will make a hollow tube.