Forty eight hours later ..... hat is finished
All of you were right about having to use DPNs - thing is, I don't have any - so I copped out and just did the drawstring bit for this particular hat.
There's a little circular gap left at the top which I can easily cover with a small pom pom. What is very nice is the way the hat has pulled together at the top, it almost looks like a little flower shape.
So, all in all, I'm one happy bunny and I do appreciate the help you gave.
Using a 16" circ when I'm used to a 14" straight (under the arm) took some doing - but seeing that I was going to have to change the way I held the needles, (well, can you imagine? - just trying to get the circ. past my elbow would have landed me at the nearest A&E dept - daft I may be, but reckless with my ribs? - no, definitely not) I decided on knitting Conti and it seemed much easier with the circ. than the straights.
Many thanks again.
Yours, skipping daisies