Free Pattern Carson Cap



Carson Cap 
photo copyright Carol Bristol
Yarn
Worsted weight yarn, 110 -150 yards

Sizes
Ladies small:  20 - 21 ½” head circumference.
Ladies large:  23” head circumference
Finished: 7 (7½”) tall, 18" (20”) around at rib section

Needles
#6/4mm circular needle, 16" length and #6/4mm DPN (4)
Gauge: 5 stitches/inch with #6 needle.
Needle marker (1),  measuring tape and tapestry needle
  
Abbreviations
SKP: Slip one stitch as if to knit, knit the next, pass the slipped stitch over the knit one.
YO: yarn over      
K2tog: knit two stitches together as one.

Rib Pattern: *K1, p1, rep from * around to starter marker      

Lace Stitch Pattern, a multiple of 6
Rounds 1, 3, 5: *SKP, k2, yo, k2, rep from * around to starter marker.
Rounds 2, 4, 6: Knit all stitches
Rounds 7, 9, 11: *YO, k2, k2tog, k2, rep from * around to starter marker.
Round 8, 10, 12: Knit all stitches


Knitting Instruction, Size Large in (  ).
CO 96 (102) stitches using the long tail cast on method. 
(German Twisted Cast On may also be used, 
http://newstitchaday.com/twisted-german-cast-on-knitting/
Place starter marker on the right hand needle. Join by working rib stitch pattern, take care to not twist the stitches.

Work the rib pattern for 1" (1½”).

Repeat the lace stitch pattern rounds 1-12 until the hat measures 5" (5½”), from the cast on edge, or has reached the crown of your head and end after working one of the knit rounds of the lace stitch pattern.

SHAPING THE CROWN
Begin the decrease rounds, transfer stitches to 3 DPNs, when they no longer fit on the circular needle.
1. Small/Medium: *K6, k2tog, rep from * around to starter marker (84 stitches)
1. Large: *K3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, rep from * to last 3 stitches, k3. (84 stitches)

Both Sizes: (Decreasing 7 stitches with every round).
2. *K10, k2tog, rep from * around to starter marker (77 stitches)
3. *K9, k2tog, rep from * around to starter marker (70 stitches)
4. *K8, k2tog, rep from * around to starter marker (63 stitches)
Continue decreasing in this fashion for 6 more rounds, 5 -10. (i.e. *k7, ktog*; *k6, k2tog*;  *k5, k2tog*; etc.)
11.  *K1, k2tog, rep from * around (14 stitches).
12. *K2tog, rep from * around to starter marker (7 stitches)
13. Cut working yarn allowing a 6" yarn tail. Thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail and pull through the remaining 7 stitches to cinch them tightly at the top of the hat. Secure on the wrong side.

Design and Photography © 2011-2017 Carol Bristol Please respect copyright law, this pattern is for personal, noncommercial use only. Do not reproduce or distribute in any form. All rights reserved by the author. 
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