Materials needed for adult sized hat/toque:
Leftover balls of worsted weight yarn
One set of 3.5 mm dpn (you can also use 3.5 mm circular needle)
Cast on 96 st. Divide stitches evenly between three needles.
Join to work in the round.
For the cuff: *K2, P2*, repeat until end of rnd.
Continue K2, P2 rnds until the cuff measures 3 inches.
The remainder of the hat is worked in stocking st (knit every rnd) until it measures at least 9 inches from the cast on edge. As you run out of one ball of yarn, switch to the next. For a neater appearance, join at the beginning of a rnd.
9″ plus the decrease rnds will make a head hugging hat like the one pictured below on the left.
If you prefer a taller hat, knit for an additional 1 to 2 inches before beginning decrease rnds that form the crown of the hat. The hat shown above on the right was knit for 11 inches before beginning the decrease rnds.
To make the crown of hat:
Rnd 1: *Knit 10, k2tog*, repeat until end of rnd. (You should now have 88 stitches)
Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: Knit each stitch.
Rnd 3: *Knit 9, k2tog*, repeat until end of rnd. (80 stitches)
Rnd 5: *Knit 8, k2tog*, repeat until end of rnd. (72 stitches)
Rnd 7: *Knit 7, k2tog*, repeat until end of rnd. (64 stitches)
Continue decreasing in this manner until there are 16 stitches on the needle.
If using a circular needle, switch to double pointed needles when necessary.
Final Rnd: *K2tog four times.
Cut yarn, leaving a tail of about 8 in. Thread yarn through 8 stitches remaining on needles. Pull yarn tight to close the top of the hat. Weave in ends.
If desired, add a pompom.