Yarn Requirements Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Great (100% Baby Alpaca; 131 yards [120 meters] / 100 grams): 1 skein in shade #117 (Goldenrod) OR #107 (Cornflower). **NEW** Get this yarn now atwww.loveknitting.com, my not-so-secret online yarn source. That's where I got mine--they are awesome! Needles One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 9 (5.5 mm). One set of four double-pointed needles size US 9 (5.5 mm).
Gauge 24 stitches & 21 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in 1 x 1 Twisted Ribbing [un-stretched].
Notions Stitch Marker. Yarn needle. Scissors.
Skills Required Long-tail (or other stretchy) cast on. Knitting in-the-round. Knitting with double-pointed needles. Knitting through the back loop. Decreasing.
Abbreviations k1 tbl: knit 1 through back of loop k2tog tbl: knit 2 together through backs of loops
Directions Using circular needle, and the long-tail cast-on method, cast on 80 stitches. Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
1 x 1 Twisted Ribbing *k1 tbl, p1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
Body Fitted Hat: Work 40 rounds in 1 x 1 Twisted Ribbing, or until hat measures approx. 7.5” (19 cm) from cast-on edge. Slouch Hat: Work 48 rounds in 1 x 1 Twisted Ribbing, or until hat measures approx. 9.5" (24 cm) from cast-on edge. Begin decrease sequence for crown.
Crown Note: change to double-pointed needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably around circular needle.
Rnd 1: *k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end of rnd—40 sts. Rnd 2: as rnd 1—20 sts. Rnd 3: as rnd 1—10 sts.
Finishing Break yarn, leaving a 6” (15 cm) tail. Thread tail through yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, pulling snugly to neatly close top of hat. Fasten securely and weave in loose ends on WS. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!