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3 balls of Patons Double Quick Knitting (DK weight) wool
1 pair old UK No 8 / US 6 / Metric 4mm needles
5½ stitches to the inch in width, measured over stocking stitch worked on 4mm needles
To ft 20"-22"
Cast on 112 stitches.
1st row: Knit.
2nd row: K1, purl to last st, K1.
Rep. 1st and 2nd row for 3½ ins., ending with a purl row.
Commence crown in rib patt. as follows:
1st row: * K1, P1, rep. from * to end of row.
2nd row: Purl.
These 2 rows form the patt. Continue in patt. until work measures 7½ ins. from beg., finishing at end of a purl row.
Shape top as follows:
1st row: K1, * P1, slip 1, K2tog, psso, rep. from * to last 3 sts, P1, K1, P1. (58 sts)
2nd-4th rows: Work in patt.
5th row: * Slip 1, K2tog, psso, P1, rep. from * to last 2 sts, K1, P1. (30 sts)
6th-8th rows: Work in patt.
9th row: K1, * P1, slip 1, K2tog, psso, rep. from * to last st, P1. (16 sts)
10th row: Purl.
11th row: * Slip 1, K2tog, psso, P1, rep. from * to end of row.
Thread wool through remaining sts., draw up and fasten off securely.
With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron, press lightly on wrong side.
Using a fine back-stitch seam, join seam. Fold stocking stitch section in half and stitch into position on wrong side to form brim. Press seam.
Make covering for button as follows:
Using wool double, cast on 8 sts. and work 12 rows stocking stitch.
Break off wool, thread wool through sts and fasten off securely. Cover button and attach to centre of crown.
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