This hat is a simple beanie with an interesting stranded design from just above the brim all the way through the crown decreases. It took several attempts to get these motifs to flow into each other well, and in order to accommodate the six sizes the hat is offered in, there are three different stranded knitting charts.
The stranded design never uses more than two colors in the same row and the background color regularly alternates between two analogous colors. The knitter could easily use more colors in the background or use a variegated yarn with long color repeats. A wool or wool blend yarn is recommended for maximum “forgiveness” and memory.
This pattern requires the knitter to work knit, purl, and decrease stitches in the round for the basic hat shape. The colorwork and crown decreases are represented in the chart, and not written. This pattern does not recommend a particular method for knitting in the round.