Earwarmer Hat by Kristine Byrnes

Earwarmer Hat

yarn held together
+ DK
= Aran (8 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
250 yards (229 m)
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Ribbing of hat knitted with yarn held double to provide extra warmth over ears, then the remainder is knit tightly with a single strand.

I knit the sample with 4” of stockinette between the ribbing and start of the decreases, but many people have commented that 4.5” or 5” works better.