"A knit beanie that looks like someone took an archery target and put it over your head..."
That was the request. This is the result.
The beanie is worked circularly from the top to the brim. It is cast on using the magic circle technique. The increases are done as invisibly as possible. Each band of color is a stripe, so techniques for minimizing the jog at color changes are used. The brim is knit using a one by one ribbing, changing to the smaller needle. Finally, the beanie is bound off using a simple stretchy bind off.
Otherwise it’s a pretty simple knit hat. Links to videos and articles outlining each of those techniques is included in the pattern, just in case.
Of course, the beanie won’t look like an archery target if the colors of the stripes aren’t right. The specified yarn has great colors for this beanie in Sunny Day, Red Hot, Popsicle Blue, Black, and White. (Only partial skeins are needed to complete the hat.) If another yarn is substituted, take care to get colors that look like they belong on an archery target.
The pattern is written for a child size and an adult size. The child’s size has an around the head measurement of 17 inches. The adult’s measures 20 inches. (There is a bit of negative ease.) There are two lengths for each size included as well--a cap size and a slouchy size.