Inspired by a hat seen at on an outdoor gear website, I designed this pattern to use up some yarn I got on the cheap --it's discontinued. As much as I don't actually enjoy knitting with the yarn (it likes to split), I do like the final product.
by Robyn Redekopp
3 skeins Rowan Alpaca Soft (1 Tuscan, 1 Old Rose, 1 Lichen)
Size 8 DPN or 16 inch circular
Fits Small/Medium sized head.
CO 60 sts in Tuscan (green). Place marker and join in the round.
K1P1 around for 6 rows.
Switch to striping pattern. Repeat stripes in color pattern - Old Rose (pink), Lichen (tan), and Tuscan (green).
Row 1: Knit around.
Row 2: Knit around.
Row 3: Purl around.
Switch to next color.
Repeat 3-color striping pattern five times. After completing fifth stripe in Lichen, begin to decrease in Tuscan.
Row 1: *K8, k2tog* Repeat from * to * around. (54 sts)
Row 2: *K7, k2tog* Repeat from * to * around. (48 sts)
Row 3: *K6, k2tog* Repeat from * to * around. (42 sts)
Continue to decrease until 6 sts remain, break yarn and run through sts. Pull tight and tie off.