When I asked Neatnik if she wanted a spiral on top of her new beanie or a plus sign, she opted for the plus sign. That's what you get from the crown shaping on this little hat.
Why "School Beans"?
Old slang interjection ("Cool beans!") + Neatnik's school's color (navy) = School Beans
School Beans Hat
approx 100gm worsted weight yarn
(yarn used: Berroco Softwist [41% wool, 59% rayon], navy)
size 6 and 8 circular needles (16")
size 8 dpns for completing hat top
21 sts/28 rows in 4 inches in St st on size 8 circular needle
Using size 8 needle, cast on 96 sts. Transfer sts to size 6 needle. Work (k2, p2) rib for about 1-1½".
Change to size 8 needle. Work in St st until hat measures about 5½" from cast on edge.
1 - (ssk, k2tog) 24x; 48 sts rem
2, 3, 5, 7, 9 - knit all sts
3 - same as round 2
4 - (k4, ssk, k2tog, k4) 4x - 40 sts rem
6 - (k3, ssk, k2tog, k3) 4x - 32 sts rem
8 - (k2, ssk, k2tog, k2) 4x - 24 sts rem
10 - (k1, ssk, k2tog, k1) 4x - 16 sts rem
11 - (ssk, k2tog) 4x - 8 sts rem
12 - (sl1, k1, psso) 4x - 4 sts rem
Cut yarn. Run through rem 4 sts. Pull tight. Weave in ends.