I'm making this as a Christmas present for a french teacher friend using a bit of leftover malabrigo. It's such a nice yarn and very cosy! I've used a lace pattern that has five stitch repeats, but one extra stitch in the round which gives the twirl effect.
Yarn Less than one ball Malabrigo Worsted ( = less than 192 m).
Needles 4.5mm/ US 8 dpns
Gauge 18st = 10cm in stocking stitch with 5mm/US 8 needles
Dimensions 19'' circumference, 9'' high.
k = knit
p = purl
p = purl
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together
yo = bring the yarn to the front of your knitting
CO 80 Stitches, 30 on first needle, 25 on second, 25 on third. Work in k2 p2 rib for 8 rows. Now k1fb k2 k2tog yo *k3 k2tog yo* until your hat measures 7''. You should end up working a k2tog at the end of each dpn, if this isn't the case, shift the stitches around so it is! Now work decreases as follows:
Row 1: *k3 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row (i.e. repeat the part in **'s 8 times)
Row 2: *yo k2 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 3: *k2 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 4: *yo k1 k2 tog yo k3 k2 tog* to end of row
Row 5: *k1 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 6: *yo k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 7: *k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 8: *k4 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 9: k3 k2 tog *k4 k2tog* to end of row
Row 10: *k3 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 11: k2 k2tog *k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 12: *k2 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 13: k1 k2tog *k2 k2tog* to end of row
Row 14: *k1 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 15: k2tog *k1 k2tog* fto end of row
Row 16:*k2tog* to end of row
Note that "to end of row" means work three dpns, rather than 81 stitches, this ensures the pattern "twists" nicely!
8 stitches remain, cut yarn leaving a 6'' tail, thread through remaining stitches, pull tight and secure inside the hat. Weave in loose ends.