US Size 2.5 and 3 Needles
I used a US Size 3 (3.25mm) 16″ circular needle and a US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) 40″ circular needle to work the pattern. I changed the cast on to 150 sts and the increase to 50 sts. I worked the rib for 15 rnds. After the increase, I worked the body of the hat for 5″. I decreased first from 200 sts to 192 sts, k 2 rnds, then followed pattern decreases except only doing 2 rnds between decrease rnds. On final decrease rnd, I had 18 sts, so I did 3k2tog and 1k3tog on each needle (magic loop).
If I were to make this again, I think I’d do the pattern as written but use size 2.5’s instead of my size 3. I definitely won’t be using Noro Kureyon Sock again since it just has no give and doesn’t lay well for this type of work. I’m really unhappy with the way the ribbing came out although some of that I have to chalk up to using Norwegian purling on a round or two which doesn’t play well with the Noro. I think I’m going to try it again but with a different tonal yarn as I’m not thrilled with the color of the yarn I used. All in all, it was a quick knit — I cast on on Friday and just finished it tonight without working on it every waking moment.