the first proper full day at the cottage i realised something tragic - the baby cardigan (cascade from petite purls) that i had planned to enter into the fenelon fair had a problem. the homecraft category wasn't for an infant sweater - it was for a sweater and hat set! whoops. i had some yarn left, so i cast on and hoped for the best. and, it turned out beautifully - prizeworthy in fact!
it's a pretty plain hat, put a wee bit of i-cord and a leaf on top makes it match the sweater, and look super cute besides.
uses less than 1/2 a ball of mission falls 136 (so, 62 m of sport)
tools: one set of 3.5 mm dpns (or size required to get 24 sts/32 rows in 4" of stockinette)
cast on 60 sts using long-tail cast on or other stretchy method.
row 1: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
row 2: k all around
repeat rows 1 and 2 twice.
knit stockinette till work measures 3" from beginning.
row 1: *k15, pm; repeat from * to end of row, placing 4 markers.
row 2: *ssk, k to 2 before marker, k2 tog; repeat from * to end of row
row 3: k all around
repeat rows 2 and 3 until there are 8 sts remaining ending with a row 2
row 1: k2 tog all around
row 2: k1, k2 tog, k1, place all sts on single needle, slide to end of needle as for i-cord
row 3: k across, slide to end of needle
row 4: as row 3
row 5: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
row 6: p across (5 sts)
row 7: k2, yo, k1, yo, k2
row 8: p across (7 sts)
row 9: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3
row 10: p across (9 sts)
row 11: ssk, k5, k2 tog
row 12: p across (7 sts)
row 13: ssk, k3, k2 tog
row 14: p across (5 sts)
row 15: ssk, k1, k2 tog
row 14: p across (3 sts)
row 15: s2, s1, k3 tog (central double decrease)
break yarn, pull through remaining stitch, weave in ends.