Ribbing possesses a good deal of stretch, so make sure to pick a finished size at least 2 smaller than your actual head circumference.
After completing the crown decreases you might notice the top is a bit too gathered or slightly pointed. This is easily fixed by gently blocking or steaming the crown stitches to create a smoother surface. Take care that you dont block the bottom 2 of knitting. Doing so will make the hat fit looser than intended. The hat shown in the photos has been gently steam blocked, just enough to create a smooth crown. This keeps the silhouette that of a lengthened beanie. With more vigorous blocking you can create a looser slouchy top.
If youre careful about weaving in ends then this hat will be reversible!
21 sts & 28 rnds = 4 in 1x1 rib on smaller needles with knitting slightly stretched.
32 sts & 28 rnds = 4 in 1x1 rib on smaller needles with knitting relaxed.
31 sts & 24 rnds = 4 in 1x1 twisted rib on larger needles with knitting relaxed.
I started crocheting as part of my homeschool program around age 9. Knitting got added much later on after I graduated college. I pretty much immediately started with knitwear design and launched FiddleKnits.com