A couple of weeks ago, my good friend in South Carolina asked me to make some knitted/crocheted hats for a fellow teacher at her school. Her friend wanted colorful hats to use while photographing her children.
This is the first hat I have finished for her. It was not too hard at all. I used Bernat Softee Chunky yarn in a bright blue and cast on about 60 (enough to fit a child around 3-5 yrs old). I used circular needles and then knitted in the round until it measured 8-9" or as high as you want it. Then I used the three needle method for binding off. I referred to a book called "Knitting in Plain English" to figure out how to do that. It squared off the top very nicely.
For the Curly Q's, use a crochet hook the size your yarn recommends and chain however long you want the curly q's (I think I did maybe 12-15). Then once who have chained the amount, come back and single crochet 5 in each of the chain stitches. I had to play around with this a bit as my chunky yarn made it hard to do 5 single crochets in each chain but I got enough in to get it to curl.
Once you create as many curly-q's as you want on your hat, using the tails and a big eyed needle, attach them to the top of the hat at the corners. And that is it! I really like how it turned out and want to make some more in different colors.