i used US size 9 dpn's (set of 4) and a tiny bit of Caron Simply Soft. i apparently had forgotten that i told myself not to use this yarn for knitting because it snags on friggin everything. but its soft and cute so i dunno, fooled again.
here goes the pattern :)
cast on 45
distribute evenly onto 3 needles. (15 sts each)
join into circle (eh, triangle) being careful not to twist the stitches (because that will give u a sort of hare-lip or curtain effect which supersucks)
work in (k1, p1) around, this makes the moss stitch pattern. do this for about an inch or an inch and 1/2
switch to stockinette stitch, which is just plain knitting around.
on the second round of knitting, start the increases. there are only 2 rounds of increases & they are identical:
*(k1, m1) 3 times. knit thru to the last 4 sts on needle and work (k1, m1) 3 times. knit last stitch on needle*, repeat from * to * 2 times more.
after both rounds of increases you will have 81 stitches total
continue to work evenly in stockinette stitch until hat measures total of about 7 inches or more.
then start the decreases :
1. (k next 7 sts, k2tog) around
2. (k next 6 sts, k2tog) around
3. (k next 5 sts, k2tog) around
4. (k next 4 sts, k2tog) around
5. (k next 3 sts, k2tog) around
6. (k next 2 sts, k2tog) around
7. (k2tog) around
at the very end you will have only 3 sts total. slip these onto one needle and knit them together. i put an extra sl st after the k3tog cuz it made a soft point and also reinforced the closure of stitches.
fasten off yarn, weave in ends.
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