I present to you the Boyfriend Hat:
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 100% merino superwash, 2 skeins (with about a fifth of a skein leftover), color 004 - a beautiful charcoal grey
Needles: US size 8 (5mm) sixteen-inch circulars and dpns
Pattern: My own, see below
Design/knit time: January 5-12, 2007, which included ripping and re-knitting the crown a couple times
I'm proud of my hat. I love the ribs and the decreases. I also love this yarn. It's yummy - super soft and spongey. Best of all, my boyfriend likes it (yay!).
My pattern is very basic, but I think the decreases are alluring, so here's my pattern to share....
The Boyfriend Hat
This pattern is designed and owned by me. Feel free to use the pattern for personal use, but please do not reprint or distribute this without my permission.
Note: I had to re-write the pattern due to problems using Blogger to edit this post when I fixed the picture links.
Cast on 100 stitches on the circular needles (or use the double-pointed needles for the entire hat) and join to knit in the round. I used a cable cast on because I like how it looks. If knitting for a larger or smaller head circumference, add or subtract multiples of ten stitches (for example, 110, 120, or 90 stitches), and work the pattern the same.
Every row until the decreases: *K3, P2; repeat from * until the end of row
Knit the above ribbing pattern for 5.5" inches before starting the decreases for a hat that just barely covers the tops of ears (like in the pictures). Knit at least another inch for a hat that covers the ears. Larger and smaller heads might need a longer or shorter hat before the decreases. For reference, my boyfriend's head (in the pictures) has a 23.5" circumference.
Row 1: *K3, P2, K2tog, K1, P2; repeat from * until end of row (90 sts remain)
Row 2: *K3, P2, K2tog, P2; repeat from * until end of row (80 sts remain)
Row 3: *K3, P2, P2tog, P1; repeat from * until end of row (70 sts remain)
Row 4: *K3, P2, P2tog; repeat from * until end of row (60 sts remain)
Row 5: *K3, P1, P2tog; repeat from * until end of row (50 sts remain)
You have now decreased every other rib out of the ribbing pattern. (If you are using a sixteen-inch circular needle, remember that you will need to switch to double-pointed needles when you cannot fit the stitches on your needle any longer.)
Row 6: *K2tog, K1, P2; repeat from * until end of row (40 sts remain)
Row 7: *K2tog, P2; repeat from * until end of row (30 sts remain)
Row 8: * K2tog, P1; repeat from * until end of row (20 sts remain)
Row 9: *K2tog; repeat from * until end of row (10 sts remain)
Row 10: *K2tog; repeat from * until end of row (5 sts remain)
Cut yarn, weave through remaining 5 stitches to close hole at top, and weave in the ends. You now have a ribbed hat perfect for your very own boyfriend (or husband... or friend... or relative... or yourself).
This pattern on Ravelry: here.