The pattern is meant to be top-down in the round. Do ya think I could do it? Even if my life depended on it, I could not get the hat started in the round. I kept twisting the stitches or messing up the needle order. Ugh!! Soooo frustrating!! It's not as if I've never worked in the round: I've made plenty of socks on tiny fiddly needles; I've made gloves and mittens and even a sweater in the round.
Determined not to give up, I modified the pattern to knit flat (I know, I know . . . I'm still hanging my head in shame). I just added an extra stitch to each end for a seam allowance. So you'd think I was all set, but no. The knitting gods threw another wrench my way (and really I've only myself to blame because (a) I didn't swatch, (b) I didn't research the pattern yarn for a proper substitution and (c) I didn't research baby hats).
Initially I used size 5mm and the hat looked too small. Even my kids wondered if I was making a hat for one of their teddy bears. So, I frogged and switched to 6.5mm. Unfortunately the thing now looks too big--more of a toddler or child hat rather than a baby hat. **sigh**
On the plus side, I did finally learn to make I-cords. I have never used I-cord before and quite frankly, I was a little intimated by it. Sure I'd read the directions in my how-to books, but it just seemed "wrong" (No turning? Really? How does that work?). Lo and behold, the whole process was really quite easy--super-duper easy. Go figure!
Happy knitting! :)