Patons Double Quick Knitting (DK weight) wool. 2 balls dark, 2 balls light
1 pair old UK No 8 / US 6 / Metric 4mm needles
5½ stitches per inch worked over stocking stitch on 4mm needles
To fit average woman’s size 20″-22″
Using Dark, cast on 110 stitches.
Work in K1, P1 rib for 4¾ ins., inc. 1 st. at end of last row. (111 sts)
Proceed in patt. as follows:
1st row: Using Light, knit.
2nd row: Using Light, purl.
3rd-6th rows: Rep. 1st and 2nd rows twice.
7th and 8th rows: Using Dark, * P1, keeping wool at front of work, slip 1 purlwise, rep. from * to last st., P1.
9th row: Using Dark, knit.
10th row: Using Dark, purl.
These 10 row form the patt.
Rep. these 10 rows once.
Keeping patt. correct, work shaping as follows:
Next row: Using Light (K13, K2tog) seven times, K6. (104 sts)
Using Light, work 3 rows in plain, smooth fabric. (purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row)
Next row: Using Light, (K12, K2tog) seven times, K6. (97 sts)
Next row: Using Light, purl.
Using Dark, work 4 rows in patt. as before.
Next row: Using Light (K11, K2tog) seven times, K6. (90 sts).
Using Light, work 3 rows in plain, smooth fabric.
Next row: Using Light, (K10, K2tog) seven times, K6. (83 sts).
Continue dec. in this manner until 13 sts. remain.
Work 1 row.
Using Dark, work 4 rows in patt.
Thread wool through remaining sts., draw up and fasten off securely.
Omitting ribbing, press lightly on wrong side using a warm iron and damp cloth. Using a flat seam for K1, P1 portion (taking care to reverse seam for fold up at lower edge) and a back-stitch seam for remainder, join seam.
Make a short twisted cord and attach to end of cap. Attach a tassel to end of cord.
Finally, press seam.
The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain, however the updated text of this version and additional clarifications is copyright Sarah Bradberry, May 26th 2013. All rights reserved.