I found this patter on the lionbrand website and I thought it looked like a simple enough hat to attempt for my first time (without a loom). Here is the pattern information (I Hope it's ok to copy/paste it here for question purposes)
Lion Brand® Jamie®Baby
30 St sts = 4 inches [10 cm] BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
Cast on 72 stitches. Work 2 inches of K2, P2 ribbing, then work 2 ˝ inches of stockinette stitch (or stitch of your choice-see below). Begin decreases: Row 1: K4, k2tog, across row. Rows 2,4,6 and 8: Purl. Row 3: K3, k2tog, across row.
Row 5: K2, k2tog, across row. Row 7: K2tog, across row.
Cut yarn long enough to sew back seam and run through stitches on needle, pull up tight and sew seam. Add pom-pom if desired.
Here are some variations for the plain part of the cap. For each one, adjust the number of stitches after the ribbing to the amount given for each particular pattern.
Garter Block - 75 stitches
Rows 1,3,5,7,9&11 (RS): Knit
Rows 2,4, & 6: K5 *p5, k5
Rows 8, 10,&12: P5, *k5, p5
Organ Pipes - 70 sts.
Rows 1 & 3 (RS): K4, *p2, k4
Rows 2 & 4: P4, *k2, p4
Rows 5 & 7: P1, k2, *p4, k2, rep from *end p1
Rows 6 & 8: K1, p2, *k4, p2, rep from *end k1
Row 10: Knit
Ok when I look at this pattern, I know it says I need size 4 needles (which of course I don't have, but anyway) how do I know how many I need? It just says size 4 needles. I would assume it needs to be done "in the round" in order to create a hat. I guess I wouldn't know how to even start knitting in the round. I hate that I don't know anyone near me that knits!
I did get a set of boye's interchangable cabled needles off ebay, I haven't received them yet though. Anyway, can someone walk me in the right direction about how I might go about doing this project? Thanks!
~danielle the NEWB~