Waffle Stitch Baby Hat
This is a decent project for someone who might like to move into sock knitting. It has a lot of the same elements -- dpns, kitchner stitch, but it isn't quite as complicated. Consider it a warm-up. To keep it simple for the beginning knitter, I will state the obvious a few times. Bear with me, please.
Set of 4 size 8 dpns
Cast on 56 stitches and divide them evenly onto 3 needles You're going to start knitting on the first stitch you cast on, so join the three needles to form a triangle and be very careful not to let them get twisted.
RibbingRnds 1 - 16 work K2 P2 ribbing
Waffle Stitch body of the hat
Rnds 17 - 20 work K4 P4 around.
Rnd 41 Work K2, K2Tog, P2, P2Tog around.
Cut the yarn leaving a decent length. Divide the stitches evenly onto 2 needles such that the last stitch you worked is on the end of one. Thread that tail onto the yarn needle and *insert it purl-wise into the first stitch of the front needle. Pop that stitch off the needle. Now run it knit-wise through the next stitch on the front needle, but leave that stitch on the needle. Run it knit-wise on the first stitch on the back needle and pop that stitch off, then run it purl-wise through the next stitch on the back needle. Repeat from * until you are out of stitches.
Weave in the ends and you're done.