I make so many hats, it’s not funny. Many are baby hats where I can just icord off the top, which is adorable for a wee one but not as cute for an adult. Over at Ask Amanda there’s a great tutorial on how to finish up the top of a big-person hat.
When I first started knitting, I made only scarves and I never used a pattern. In an effort to expand my knitting horizons, my mom bought me a pattern for a hat, along with the recommended yarn. It was a pretty simple pattern so it wasn’t too hard to decipher, until I got to the last part:
“Cut yarn leaving an 8” long end. Draw end through all sts on needle, then pull up tightly and secure. Fasten off.”