With smaller needles and A, cast on 80 (88, 92) sts.
Work in K1, p1 rib for 8 rows.
Change to larger needles.
Begin Checkerboard Chart
Next Row (RS): Working in St st (k on RS, p on WS), and stranded colorwork, work Row 1 of Checkerboard Chart across.
Continuing in St st as established, work until all 4 rows of Checkerboard Chart have been completed.
Begin Animal Charts
Note: Work all animal charts in St st and intarsia colorwork.
Next Row (RS): With B, k10 (12, 13), beg with Row 1 of all charts, work Duck Chart across next 11 sts, with B, k10 (12, 14), work Sheep Chart across next 14 sts, with B, k10 (12, 14), work Pig Chart across next 14 sts, with B, k to end of row.
Continuing to work Charts as established and working rem sts in St st with B, work until all rows of Charts have been completed.
Continue in St st with B only until piece measures 4 3/4 (5 1/2, 6) in. (12 (14, 15) cm from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
Shape Crown (top of Hat)
Dec Row 1 (RS): K9 (10, 11), k2tog, place marker; rep from * to last 3 (4, 1) sts, k to end of row – 73 (81, 85) sts rem.
Purl 1 row, slipping markers as you come to them.
Dec Row 2: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker; rep from * across to last 3 (4, 1) sts, k to end of row – 66 (74, 78) sts rem.
Rep last 2 rows until 29 (32, 29) sts rem.
Purl 1 row, removing markers as you work.
Last Row: K2tog across to last 1 (0, 1) st, k 1 (0, 1).
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through rem sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.
With D and crochet hook, make a chain about 1 1/4 in. (3 cm) long. Fasten off.
Following photograph for L32276 Animal Talk Cardigan, sew chain to duck body, curving to make a wing shape.
With D and crochet hook, chain 8, join with slip st in first chain to make a loop, chain 8, join with slip st in first chain to make a second loop.
Sew beak to duck.
With B, embroider a French knot eye on duck.
With E and crochet hook, chain 9, join with slip st in first chain to make a loop.
Sew loop to sheep for ear.
With C, embroider a French knot eye on sheep.
With F, make same as sheep ear.
Sew to pig.
With F and crochet hook, chain 14.
Fasten off. Coil chain into a spiral and sew to pig for tail.
With A, embroider a French knot eye on pig.
Seam sides of piece to make Hat.
Weave in ends.