I have a friend who has recently learned to knit who comes to me for knitting help and advice. She knits a lot! Seriously, you should see the pile of scarves and washcloths (I, myself, have 5. They make a great wedding or housewarming gift.) she has made! The knitting bug bit her pretty hard, and she is seldom to be seen without yarn and pointy sticks.
Recently she decided hats were going to be the next thing she would learn to knit. Accordingly she bought yarn, I supplied her with circular needles, and away she knit! She faced the hurdle of ribbing, which can be seriously confusing for a beginning knitter. She learned to knit in the round (yay for purl-less Stockinette!). And she learned about decreasing in a rather funny way. All started well: she divided her hat into 6 equal sections, decreasing every other round to the very end. At which time she realized her hat was very pointy! It looked like a Cone-head hat.
So she ripped the last few inches out (terror!), picked up the stitches, and decreased every row. This was much better. Now her son can enjoy his handmade (with much love) Christmas hat. Doesn’t it look like the most comfortable hat ever?