Rnd 1: [K7 (8), k2tog, PM] 7 times – 56 (63) sts remain.
Rnd 2: [Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker] 7 times – 7 sts decreased.
*Repeat Rnd 2 until 14 sts remain.
Last Rnd: K2tog 7 times – 7 sts remain.
Pull through remaining 7 loops on needles.
Using smaller dpns, cast on 2 sts.
Work a 2-st i-cord for 26 (28)”
Loosely lace the i-cord through eyelets that were worked on Rnd 11 (“belt rnd”) of hat. Do this by *going down through one eyelet and then up through the eyelet two sts to the left and then over the next 5 (6) sts; rep from * until you’ve gone around the entire hat. Go back through the first 2 eyelets with the end of the i-cord to finish.
Sew your button over the ends to secure.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.