cast on 5 stitches.
work in 5 stitch i cord of about an inch.
(if desired, place a life line on last row of icord. )
then divide onto DNP's and start increases.
(the i cord tail help 'support the DPN's so they are not so wonky!)
after the hat is finished, cut (with scissors!) the cast on, and slowly unravel inch of I-cord. use tail to bind off (drawsting style) the last round of 5 stitches (from the icord)
alternately use a finer yarn (fingering) make 1.5 inches of icord.
Turn work, drop fingering yarn, pick up real yarn and start to KNIT (You'll be looking at the PURL side of icord)
start with 1 round of knitting (instead of cast on) the divide over DPN's (again, the i cord tail help 'support the DPN's so they are not so wonky!)
when hat is done, finish by attaching i cord cast on tail to base of icord (last R of fingering yarn)--wind it round i-cord and tie it in place.
this will make a small loop on inside of the hat.. great for clipping onto a latch on ski jacket, or for hanging hat on a hook (when not wearing!)