I bought this lovely thick and thin type yarn on a whim while visiting the lovely B&M fabrics in Leeds (a stone's throw from the new John Lewis store and well worth a visit), I fully intended to make a hat, but wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with it.
(James C Brett Pulse Chunky)
I tried crocheting it and just didn't love it, so set off making a straightforward ribbed hat. I am writing up the pattern here as it wasn't a yarn I had worked with before and I would have found a pattern useful, and I'm really pleased with how the decreases worked out.
In this pattern I am assuming knowledge of knitting in the round by whatever method you choose (I use the magic loop method)
The ball band states 6mm needles but I chose to use 5mm for a denser fabric and I love how it turned out.
I have designed it as an average woman's size but it is VERY stretchy so would fit a man and I think without the bobble, looks very masculine.
1 x 100g ball James C Brett Pulse Chunky
5mm Circular needles
a pom-pom (optional)
Cast on 88 stitches (or any multiple of 8 for the decrease method to work) using your preferred method (I use thumb method)
2x2 rib (K2 P2) for 57 rounds
start decrease pattern
1) *K2 P2 S1 K1 PSSO P2* repeat from * to * to end of round
2) *K2 P2 K1 P2* repeat from * to * to end of round
3) *K2 P2TOG K1 P2TOGTBL* repeat from * to * to end of round
4) *K2 P1 K1 P1* repeat from * to * to end of round
5) *K2 S1 P2TOG PSSO* repeat from * to * to end of round
6) *K2TOG P1* repeat from * to * to end of round
7) *S1 K2TOG PSSO* repeat from * to * to end of round
you should be left with 11 stitches on your needle (or an eighth of the number you started with), pull yarn through these stitches and fasten off.