Well, I ended up doing magic loop, and it worked! HOWEVER, in this first attempt at circular knitting, magic loop knitting, and joining in a second color, my hat is a bit of a mess. Still, I'll wear it around the house or walking the dog, I think! The two biggest problems is that it is HUGE and that once I went magic loop to do the decreasing somehow I got it all turned around and ended up with the reverse stockinette on the outside and the regular stockinette on the inside. Sigh. It's too much of a disaster to even bother with salvaging it. Live and learn, right?
Sell your clothes; keep your thoughts.
--Henry David Thoreau