After you have completed your brim and knit your hat body to the desired length, you can choose one of several shapings to finish the crown of your hat. The square top is the easiest because it requires no shaping at all. You can leave the top square after finishing, or you can sew the corners together as shown; for a completely different look, attach cords to the corners and tie them together. The rounded top is achieved by working a short series of decrease rounds. The yarn is then cut, and the tail is pulled through the few remaining stitches, cinched tight, and fastened off.
The pointed top is worked and finished almost like the rounded top, but over many more rounds. To make a long, pointed hat like the stocking cap shown, you work decrease rounds separated by a larger number of non-decrease rounds.
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