Half-ribby cap

Size: The ribbing makes this cap stretchy, so I imagine this would fit a variety of adult heads. I made it to fit my own huge 24"-er and come down to cover my ears.

"William, move your head. Look at the size o' that boy's head."
"Shhh."
"I'm not kiddin', it's like an orange on a toothpick."
"Shhh, you're gonna give the boy a complex."
"Well, that's a huge noggin! That's a virtual planetoid! Has it's own weather system. Heid! Move!"

"Heid! Paper! Now! Move that melon of yours and get the paper, if you can! Haulin' that gargantuan cranium about."
"Shhh."
"I'm not kiddin', that boy's head's like Sputnik. Spherical, but quite pointy in parts... Uh, that was offsides, wasn't it? He'll be cryin' himself to sleep tonight on his huge pillow."

- Stuart MacKenzie in So I Married an Axe Murderer.

Source

Yarn:

Materials:

Gauge:

8 sts and 12 rows = 2 inches

Cast (loosely!!!) on 80 sts with 16" 4mm needles, place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches, in order to knit in the round.

*K2, p2* around. Repeat for a total of 8 rounds.

On the next round you're going to continue the ribbing pattern for the first 40 stitches, then knit in St. st. for the second 40 sts. You might want to place a different colored marker after the first 40 stitches.

*K2, p2* x 10, (place marker, if desired) knit to end of round.

Continue in this manner until cap measures 5 1/2 inches from cast on edge, then begin decreasing, changing to dpn's when there are too few stitches to fit around circular needles:

  1. *Work stitches as they appear (knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts) for 8 stitches, k2tog.* x 8.
  2. Knit one round without decreasing, working stitches as they appear.
  3. *Work stitches as they appear for 7 sts, k2tog* x 8.
  4. Knit one round without decreasing, working stitches as they appear.
  5. *Work stitches as they appear for 6 sts, k2tog* x 8.
  6. Knit one round without decreasing, working stitches as they appear.
  7. *Work stitches as they appear for 5 sts, k2tog* x 8.
  8. Knit one round without decreasing, working stitches as they appear.
  9. *Work stitches as they appear for 4 sts, k2tog* x 8.
  10. Knit one round without decreasing, working stitches as they appear.
  11. *Work stitches as they appear for 3 sts, k2tog* x 8.
  12. *Work stitches as they appear for 2 sts, k2tog* x 8.
  13. *Work stitches as they appear for 1 st, k2tog* x 8.
  14. *k2tog* x 8.

Break yarn leaving a 6 inch (or thereabouts) tail. Use a tapestry needle to thread yarn through the 8 sts that remain on needles and pull tight. Weave in ends. Put on head and go to play in the snow.

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