I decided my husband needed a new winter hat and what better yarn to use than a skein of navy Berroco Ultra Alpaca from our trip to Seattle. This hat was my first attempt at coming up with the pattern myself. The crown is a little too pointy for me. Next time I decide to make a hat, I’ll most likely knit more rounds before starting the decrease and pay more attention to the number of decrease rounds. The finished product fits my hubby so I’m happy.
Yarn: 1 skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Needle size: 6 and 7 circulars, and 7 dpns
Using size 6 circular needles cast on 120 stitches. Join in the round and place a marker to note beginning of each round.
Row 1: K2, p2, repeat to end of round.
Repeat round till hat measures 1.5 inches.
Switch to size 7 circular needles at this time.
Row 2: K4, p4, repeat to end of round.
Repeat round till hat measures 6 inches.
Crown decrease: Keeping the original place marker (#1) one color, place three markers (#2-4) of a different color every 30 stitches. As you decrease, switch to dpns to finish crown.
Row 1: Slip #1 marker, *k2tog, follow established pattern until two stitches before next marker, k2tog, slip marker #2* repeat till end of round.
Row 2: Knit round.
Repeat decrease rows 1 and 2 until you have 11-13 stitches on each dpn.
Break yarn with a 10 inch tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread tail through stitches on dpns and secure with a knot or three. Weave end in.