After making the Cozy Critter Cowl, I wanted to make a cap, just by adding decreases at the end. I ended up with two caps, in two different sizes. Here is the smaller one. Instructions are below.
Sizes: Small (Large)
My head measurement is rather large (for a girl), at 22.5”, and the larger one fits me generously, the smaller one somewhat snugly.
Using a circular needle (I used 24”), CO 112 stitches.
Using Alpaca With a Twist, “Baby Twist,” and a size 5 needle, I knitted to a gauge of 22 sts over four inches in stockinette, for the mauve size small. I made the large version in black Classic Elite “Inca Alpaca,” with the same gauge and needle.
Place marker and join in the round.
Knit 5 rounds.
Round 6: * K2tog, YO*, repeat to end of round.
Knit 5 rounds.
Round 12: *K2tog, one from the left needle, one from the CO row*, repeat to end of round. [My latest trick is to pick up sixteen of the stitches from the CO row on one dpn, work the Round 12 instructions above for sixteen stitches, then repeat six more times.]
Round 13: Switch to the pattern stitch from the Monkey Socks by CookieA on Knitty.com. I used seven pattern widths around, and three (four) pattern repeats high. I suggest placing markers every 16 stitches, with a different color for the start of the round.
Then, knit another repeat of the Monkey pattern chart (seven times around and one chart high), but omit all the yarnovers. This is the fourth pattern high for the small cap, fifth for the large. At some point in this repeat, you’ll need to switch to dpn’s.
Finally, with 8 stitches left in each pattern width, work your last set of rounds as follows.
Round A: * p3, k2, p3, * repeat to end.
Round B: * p2, k2tog, ssk, p2, * repeat to end.
Round C: * p2, k2, p2, * repeat to end.
Round D: * p1, k2tog, ssk, p1, * repeat to end.
Round E: * p1, k2, p1, * repeat to end.
Round F: * k2tog, ssk, * repeat to end.
With two stitches left per pattern width (14 sts total), cut your yarn about ten inches long. Using a tapestry needle, pass the yarn through all remaining stitches, pull moderately snug, and sew in the tail on the wrong side. Sew in your CO tail, too, if you didn’t already. Block.