Beginning knitters often practice their knitting skills by making dishcloths, scarves or blankets. Knitters who are ready to move beyond basic square and rectangular knitting projects, yet are not quite ready to try circular or double-pointed needles, can try knitting a hat with two sitting normal needles, or straight needles, instead. Unlike knitting a hat with circular needles, knitting a hat with straight needles requires a seam to be sewn upon finishing. This project allows knitters to practice basic hat-shaping skills before moving on to knitting with circular needles.
Cast on 90 stitches. Knit the brim of the hat in a ribbed stitch to give it stretch. Alternate two knit stitches with two purled stitches across the row. Knit the purled stitches and purl the knit stitches for opposite, or wrong-side, rows. Continue in this pattern for approximately two inches.
Switch to stockinet stitch for the body of the hat. Knit all the way across right-side rows and purl all the way across wrong-side rows for the stockinet stitch. (The right-side rows are the ones that will face out when you wear the hat. Wrong-side rows will be on the inside of the hat when worn). Knit the hat in stockinet stitch for approximately five inches. End with a purl row.
Begin to decrease your hat to shape the top. Knit three stitches, then knit three stitches together as one on the next row. Knit three stitches together by making a knit stitch and then sliding the right needle through three stitches at once instead of one stitch at a time. Purl all stitches for the following row. Repeat this pattern until you have fewer than 10 stitches left on your needles.
Cut your working yarn so you have a tail 15-inches long. String this tail onto a large eye blunt needle and thread it through the loops of the remaining stitches in your hat. Pull it tightly like a drawstring as you remove the stitches from the needles to close the top of the hat.
Fold the hat so that the right sides are together and the open seam edges match up. Use your large eye blunt needle and your extra yarn to stitch down the side seam from the top of the hat. When you reach the end, weave your yarn through a few extra stitches on the inside of the hat, then tie a knot and cut your working yarn. Turn the hat right-side out and wear it.