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 rounds. 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 (and working the next yo at the start of the following dpn), if this isn't the case shift the stitches around so it is! For the last five stitches on the last dpn before you start decreasing, only work k3 k2tog, don't do a yo on the next needle. 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.