Sitting there, it looks a little strange. But it wears really nicely, and the wide band of chunky ribbing makes it fit a wide range of heads (and is even flattering for a pinhead like me). It's super-warm and soft, and I love it, my little cupcake hat for Dulaan.
I used the remainder of the ball of Scout's very first hand-dyed yarn -- a ball of Lopi that she sent to me ages ago, before she became all famous, and I've used it as trim for various charity projects. I love how it looks like an Eastery cupcake paper.
I carried along with the Lopi a pale blue strand of kid mohair-wool blend (Berger du Nord) that I believe [ed.] JoVE sent me, for extra warmth and softness. When I ran out of the Lopi, I used Limeade Lamb's Pride Bulky (also carried along with the mohair blend) to finish the top.
Here's the recipe for the cupcake:
(fits large child/small adult -- about 16.5 inches unstretched; 18 or so stretched)
1 strand Lopi, Lamb's Pride Bulky, or other bulky yarn held together with one strand mohair or mohair-blend yarn. (since I used scrap yarns, I do not know yardage, but it doesn't take a whole lot of yardage to make this hat.)
Gauge: 3 st./inch
I used US 10.5/6.5mm needles, a 16-in. circ., followed by DPNs when it got too small
Cast on 56 stitches, join in round.
Work K2/P2 ribbing until it measures 4 1/2 inches/13 mm.
*Purl one round, Knit one round* (repeat, so you have two garter ridges)
Knit one more round, then begin decreases as follows, switching to DPNs as necessary: (ed: Geesh. I think I finally have figured out the rudimentary math for the decreases. But don't quote me on that, because I still might have screwed it up!)
Round 1: *K2tog., K6* repeat all the way around
Round 2: Knit plain
Round 3: k2 tog., K5 around
Round 4: K2 tog., K4 around
Decrease in this manner, until you have 4 stitches remaining
Cut yarn and pull it through the remaining 4 stitches, pulling it together to close. Weave in ends.
I was very carefree and casual (surprised?) about the decreases, just doing them as I felt necessary, so I hope I have written it down properly. If not, you know what I say? Just fudge it.
This cupcake is not edible. Think of all the calories you're saving.