I love this hat, and I love the way it looks and feels and fits. It is a little large for Atlas right now (the ribbing, as you can see, isn’t very stretched) , but I’m okay with that because he is a growing boy and that means it will fit him for a few months.
I feel that the seed-stitch panel might be a little feminine, but not so much that Atlas can’t rock it 🙂 I might go with a stockinette stitch next time for a boy’s hat. You could also do a cluster of cables on one side.
Anyway, as promised here is the pattern;
|Size 3 DPN needles
Size 6 DPN needles
(You could knit this on one large round needle, at it’s largest, but the hat is small enough- for a baby- that I found it manageable on DPNs)
Cast on 70 stitches in smaller needles
(Knit one, purl one) ** repeat around; continue ribbing in this way for 1.5” from cast on edge.
Knit 7, knit 2 together (x 7) (63 sts)
Switch to bigger needles and knit every round until piece measures 5” from cast-on edge (for more slouch, add length)
If you want a panel with a different stitch (The hat pictured has a seed-stitch panel), knit the first 15 stitches of the round in seed stitch, or purl stitch.
Decrease at the end of the hat;
Knit 6, k2tog** repeat around (56)