CLOUD ON HER HEAD
This creation is meant to be worn purl side out, for extra smoothness against the scalp.
Version shown is sized large for a generous, gentle fit.
-If you prefer to have a snug fit the hat COULD be worked on smaller needles, but I think a tighter stitch would detract from the soft feel of the fabric.
-I think a better, much softer solution would be to knit with the given stitch counts, then if necessary felt your hat slightly to closely fit the intended head. If you are using an easy-care fiber and wish to have a relatively snug fit, knit one size smaller than you would normally, or use a smaller needle. Stitch counts for alternative sizes are indicated as Large(Average/Small).
Yarn: 1 skein of Miski by Mirasol (100% baby Llama 50g/75m/82yds) in shade # 105. The llama can be dry cleaned, or hand washed and laid flat to dry. If you knit especially loosely, you may need two skeins for the largest size, or to end your hat a row early.
Note: If you prefer to make an easy-care version, find the softest washable fiber you can, in worsted or bulky weight. I chose the baby llama for its incredible softness. You could have the same level of softness with baby alpaca.
Notions:4 stitch markers, Number 8 dpns. You may also use #8 circulars until the decreases make that awkward.
Cast on 8o (72/64) stitches with long-tail cast on, join stitches into an untwisted circle and mark the beginning of round.
Rnds 1-5: *k3, p1* rib around
Rnds 6-25: Knit every stitch
Rnd 26: place marker every 20 (18/16)stitches (4 markers)
Rnd 27: k until 2 st before marker, k2tog.
Repeat rnd 27 until 5 stitches remain between markers.
Cut yarn leaving an 15 or 18 inch length. Thread on needle and slip through the stitches, while still on the DPNs, draw tight off the needles, then slip yarn through the stitches once again. Draw tight once more and weave in ends on knit side of fabric doing your best to leave it smooth.
Copyright Otterwise Designs, September 2007