c/o 84 w/ 4.5mm needle - 2x2 ribbing measures 1.5” - switched to 5mm needle, then knit (4) k4 row, p5 row segments. I placed marker every 14 sts and k2tog before each marker & continued in this fashion, removing markers as necessary until 3 sts remained. I eventually had to switch to DPN’s for the last few rounds.
I chose not to make a folding band for my son’s hat. I thought the folding would be a little difficult for him to manage, so I kept it short and simple.