Well, I was just playing around with some chunky weight yarn and size 11 needles last night and I came up with this -
Not quite what I was going for, but I guess it works for a child's hat. Just in case anyone is interested, here is how I think I got to this point..............
Using chunky yarn and size 11 needles, cast on 44 stitches.
Knit 4 rows.
Knit seed stitch for 12 rows - odd number rows, K1, P1 across and even number rows, P1, K1 across. (total 16 rows)
Knit 4 rows (total 20 rows)
Knit seed stitch for 6 more rows - odd number rows, K1, P1 across and even number rows, P1, K1 across. (total 26 rows)
Decrease for crown:
Row 27 - K2tog across
Row 28 - Purl across
Row 29 - K2tog across
Row 30 - Purl across
Row 31 - K2tog across
Row 32 - Purl across
Cut an 8 inch tail and thread that through the live stitches still left on your right hand needle. Cinch together for the top and sew the seam up the back.
You could knit fewer or more decrease rows to minimize or maximize the "stem" look that I managed..........
Back to the knitting needles for me! Who knows what the next one will look like!?