Use bulky (5) or chunky yarn (6) and size 9.0 mm (US 13) needles
Cast on 40 stitches (sts)
Knit 3 inches of ribbing in Knit 2, Purl 2 (K2, P2)
Knit 5 inches in stockinette stitch (knit one entire row, purl the next row, repeat - this will create a right side (RS) and a wrong side (WS) of your tuque.
Row 1: Knit 5, Knit 2 together until the end of the row
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 together until the end of the row
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit 3,Knit 2 together until the end of the row
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit 2, Knit 2 together until the end of the row
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit 2 together across the row (9 stitches)
To make pompom (optional)
Wrap your yarn around a coaster or small book. I chose a small Beatrix Potter book. I loosely wrapped the yarn 100 times. Cut the yarn
Cut a piece of yarn approximately 12 inches long. Carefully slide the wrapped yarn off the book/coaster and set it in the centre of the 12 inch piece.
With the two ends of the 12 inch piece, cinch and knot it tightly around the middle of the wrapped piece. I tend to double knot it on both sides.
With a darning needle and the ends of the 12 inch piece, sew through the middle of the pompom, back and forth a couple of times. This secures it better and prevents it from coming unraveled.
Hold both ends of the 12 inch piece, use scissors and cut all the loops you have created.
Using the two long tails on the pompom and a darning needle, attach the pompom to the top of the hat, securing it firmly.
Wear your new tuque with pride :)