this pattern was done in a variegated 100% cotton worsted weight yarn. I chose cotton as it is low maintenance to clean and does not pill. Acrylic is warm but pills too much after washing for the kind of cap I wanted.
I knit using a US 5, despite the package suggesting a US 7. I knit loosely and wanted a tight stockinette stitch.
64 stitches, fits an average 6m/o in my gauge. If you alter it, make it divisible by eight (# of decrease columns). Perhaps use a circular needle to cast on, then join and transfer to double-pointed needles.
first row after joining, knit every stitch. This separates the rib from the edge, setting it straighter. With row 2, start [k2,p2] rib and continue until ribbing is about 2” long; this was about 15 rounds.
change over to stockinette stitch and knit every row until piece measures 6” total. Check for 16st each per 4 double pointed needles.
decrease 8st(2 per needle) one round, and maintain stitches the next, making the pattern:
- [k2tog, k6]
- [k2tog, k5]
- [k2tog, k4] […]
- [k2tog, k1]
leaving one stitch on each needle.
cut the working yarn 5” from piece. Thread on to a tapestry needle and thread through remaining stitches, pull through. Weave in ends.