I just finished the maroon beanie. It is going to school with me to see if anyone wants it tomorrow. This one was a cast on 84. I worked the first 2 inches in a 2 rib. That means knit two, purl two. After the first two inches it is stocking net, which is knit a row and purl a row. After five inches I started to decrease at every 12th stitch. It was easy, and fits quite differently that those made with only a 70 cast on. Hope you like it.