Retro Baby Ski Hat -- Free Pattern

I'm getting down to the knitty gritty here for Christmas presents. I just had one more hat on my list and that was for my best friend's new baby.
I knit this up in just a couple of hours -- and you can too with this simple pattern.
Retro baby ski hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat
Retro Baby Ski Hat -- for a 3-6 mo. baby
Vanna's Choice worsted weight yarn -- mustard, teal and light blue
Size 9 circular needles
size 9 double pointed needles
darning needle
large fork or pom pom maker
k1, p1 = knit 1, purl 1 ribbing
k2tog = knit two stitches together
With your circular, cast on 64 stitches with mustard color and knit last stitch to first stitch without twisting the stitches. K1, P1 for six rounds. Knit 8 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Switch to teal and knit three rounds. Do not cut mustard yarn.
Cut teal yarn with an 8-inch tail. Switch to mustard yarn and knit two rounds.
Switch to light blue and knit two rounds. Do not cut mustard yarn.
Cut light blue yarn with an 8-inch tail and knit 10 rounds with mustard.
Begin decrease as follows:
Place a marker if you need to, but I can tell where the beginning of the round is based on the stripes.
K2tog, K6, repeat till end of round
Knit one round
K2tog, K5, repeat till end of round
K one round
K2tog, K4, repeat till end
K one round while transferring to double pointed needles. Or knit the round and transfer stitches — whatever’s easier for you.
K2tog, K3, repeat till end
Knit one round
K2tog, K2, repeat till end
Knit one round
K2tog, K1, repeat till end
K2tog, repeat till end.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. With darning needle, draw up remaining stitches and weave in all ends.
For the pom pom:
Take both the teal and light blue yarn and wrap them around a large serving fork till it's pom pom sized. With a doubled piece of yarn about one foot long, tie the yarn around the middle tine and remove from the fork. Cut the loops and trim pom pom to your liking. Using a darning needle, attach to top of hat. To better secure pom pom, run the yarn back up through the pom pom and back down into the inside of the hat.
Retro baby ski hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat

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