I am, by definition, a fly by the seat of my pants kind of knitter.
I am not a directions reader. And I am a big fat cheater. If I have too many stitches, I’ll just knit some together. If I don’t have a enough, I have no problem making a few whether there is technically space to do that or not.
What I have learned, is that this generally works OK with hats. It works less well with sweaters and pretty much not at all with socks. I mean, it might work with socks sometimes, but I have so many problems already in that arena that I find it better not to try.
All that being said, this pumpkin hat is really a piece of cake. It is a basic ribbed hat with a make your own rules type of stem.
I used an orange Cascade brand worsted weight yarn and size 8 circular needles. I used the same pattern for my 4 year-old and my 7-year-old. It is a little tight on my 7-year-old so if you are making this hat for an older child, you may want to use a larger size needle.
Cast on 80 stitches. Place marker and join to knit in the round.
Begin a K7, P1 pattern and continue knitting until hat is about 3 1/2 to 4 inches, depending on the age of your child.
Begin decreases. K8, K2T around.
Work on3 row in pattern
Work one row in pattern
Continue decrease until you need to switch to double point needles. Continue decreases until final round (K2T all around), and sew up top.
To create a stem, cast on 8 stitches using green yarn leaving a long tail. Knit until stem is about 3 inches long, again, leave a long tail. Fold in half and sew to hat. Weave tails ends into hat to create curly tendrils.