I call it Bedlam, and you'll soon find out why!
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Needles: A US 13, 16" circular and a pair of similar DPNs, although in truth I had to improvise for lack of DPNs that large.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Co. Lamb's Pride Worsted worked in double-stranded throughout.
Guage: 3 stitches to the inch over stockinette. Rows aren't really important, but I got 9 rows over 2".
Cast on 60 stitches loosely. Join round, being careful not to twist. (That's standard wording for a pattern on circs, right?)
Work k 2 p 2 rib for 4 rows, or roughly 1".
Round 1: Sl 1, k 1, psso, k 2, k2tog, p1fb, p 4, p1fb, repeat around
Round 2: K 4, p 8, repeat around
Round 3: Put first two stitches on a cable needle, bring to front of work. Knit next two stitches, then knit stitches off cable needle. P 8. Repeat around.
Here's where the Bedlam comes in. You're going to knit the knits and purl the purls. There are five cable ribs running up the hat. Every so often, throw a cable in there across the knit stitches of only one or two of the ribs per row. My cables are almost completely random, with a minimum of 3 rows and a maximum of 6 or 7 (I don't remember) rows between each worked cable and the previous one. So each of my five cable ribs is completely different, and none of them are uniform within themselves either. The only thing I kept the same was always working the cables to the front of the work so the twist was consistent.
So, knit the knits and purl the purls except for the random cable now and again, until the hat is 6.5" from the bottom edge.
Now our decreases start. You'll continue to knit the knits, and cable away to your little heart's content. The decreases are all in the purls until you get to the very end. In other words, on the decrease rounds, I'll refer to the cable ribs as "k 4" but you can cable in there any time you like. Switch to DPNs when it behoves you to do so. All that being understood, they go as follows:
Round 1: K 4, p 1, p2tog, p2tog, p2tog, p 1, repeat around. (45 stitches)
Round 2: K 4, p 6, repeat around
Round 3: K 4, p2tog, p 1, p2tog, repeat around (35 stitches)
Round 4: K 4, p 3, repeat around
Round 5: K 4, p2tog, p 1, repeat around (30 stitches)
Round 6: K 4, p2tog, repeat around (25 stitches)
Round 7: K 3, sl 1, p 1, psso, repeat around (20 stitches)
Round 8: K 1, k2tog, k 1, repeat around (15 stitches)
Round 9: K 1, k2tog, repeat around (10 stitches)
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull tail through remaining 10 live stitches and remove from needles. Pull tight and weave in ends.
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