Lana Gatto Tonale hat in 2 sizes. 1 ball (50 gr) for youth, 2 balls for adult.
Gauge 3.5 stitches per inch on size 8 needles.
Finished hat 16″ diameter for youth, 20″ for adult size hat.
16″ circular or set of 5 DPNs.
Cast on 48 (72) stitches and join to work in the round. YOUTH SIZE ONLY: Measure 6 yards from the opposite end of the ball of yarn and make a slip knot to mark the place. Work knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for about 1.75 inches. Change to stockinette (knit every round) and continue until hat measures 8.5″ (11.5″) from cast on edge, or, for youth size, until you come to the slip knot.
Top option 1: Three corner. Set up your work so that the first 8 (12) stitches are on one needle and the last 8 (12) are on another needle. Hold needles together with tips pointing right and wrong sides of hat together. Using 3 needle bind off method (see below), bind off next 8 (12) and last 8 (12) stitches. Knit 7 (11) , then do the 3 needle bind off thing for the next 8 (12) and last 8 (12) stitches. Knit 8 (12), then bind off the next 9 (13) and last 9 (13) stitches. Cut yarn and use the tail to close up the center. Weave in the end. You should have enough yarn left to make 3 little pom poms, 3″ by 8 loops. Attach one to each corner of the hat.
To option 2: Paper bag. Bind off. Measure down 2″ (3″) from bound off edge. Cut 12″ of yarn, thread onto a tapestry needle and, starting from the wrong side, sew a running stitch ( about 3/4 inch per stitch) ending on the wrong side. Pull yarn tight to gather the top and tie off the yarn. Use the remnant to make a flower to adorn the brim.
Three needles bind off. Hold needles together in your left hand, with the working end of the yarn at the first stitch on the back needle and the needles pointing to the right. With a third needle, insert knitwise into the first stitch on BOTH needles, knit those two stitches together. Repeat with the next stitches. Pass the first stitch on the right needle over the stitch just worked. Knit the next stitches together, pass the first stitch on the right needle over the one just worked. Continue in this fashion until you have bound off the requisite number of stitches.