I started making hats for Alex. I found that a top-down pattern was easier for me to work with because I could use odd-size balls of yarn. For cast-on, I use a figure 8 cast on where I knit the first row after the cast-on and then divide between three needles.
Sizing: newborn 12”/ 36cm
DK Weight yarn (I used Dreambaby by Plymouth Yarns – 50gm ball makes 3 hats)
Gauge: 20 sts = 4 in / 10 cm
Yardage: 61 yards /16 grams per hat
Needles: 3.5 mm (size 4 U.S.) –double pointed needles
OR size to obtain gauge
m1: pick up the stitch below the last stitch knitted and knit this stitch through the back loop, twisting the stitch.
CO 8 sts dividing them between 3-dpn. Place marker at the beginning of the row.
Rnd 1 and all odd rounds: knit
Rnd 2: *k1, m1* - repeat ** around - 16 sts
Rnd 4: *k1, m1,k1* – repeat ** around - 24 sts
Rnd 6: *k1, m1,k2* – repeat ** around - 32 sts
Rnd 8: *k1, m1,k3* – repeat ** around - 40 sts
Rnd 10: *k1, m1,k4* – repeat ** around - 48 st
Rnd 12: *k1, m1,k5* – repeat ** around - 56 sts
Rnd 14: *k1, m1,k6* – repeat ** around - 64 sts
Continue to knit in the round until hat measures 6” from crown to bottom edge. Bind off loosely (this will create the rolled brim).