Aha! I did it. I finally managed to knit a funky wild and wacky hat for the Boy Scout Troop. I decided that I would knit some critter hats for the various boys in my Troop. I haven't decided if each patrol should have the same hat, or if I should make different hats as giveaways for the boys. At any rate, the first hat, in honor of our Ninja Turtle Patrol is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Hat.
I pulled out the ever popular Thorpe hat pattern and started with that as my base. I looked through my stash to see what I had on hand, and managed to make the hat work using 2 strands of an unlabeled Paton's Classic Wool Merino in an olive green and then using a combination of 1 strand of unlabeled Paton's Classic Wool Merino in a red and 1 strand of Cascade 220 in a red (sorry, these yarns were leftovers, so the fact that I actually know which yarn it is - is about all the information I can provide!). I used a 40" inch Turbo Addi in a US Size 9 to make this hat using the Magic Loop method.
As I was knitting, BF handed me the New York Times "On The Street "section from that day. Bill Cunningham had a special article about cute whimsical hand-knit hats. Who knew? I was onto something.
I picked up 7 sts vertically about 8 rows in from the back ear flap (on each side) and knit in garter stitch until each flap had about 38 ridges. Bind off. Repeat for other "tie" and then loosely tie a knot.
After consulting with my 11-year-old expert, he decided this was about as Wacky as I could get for this hat. "No eyes, Mom, puh-lease! We're not kindergartners, you know."
OK - but you want a chicken hat -- and everyone's OK with that?
I don't get it. Whatever.