Teton River Marled Hat

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Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn is heaven to knit. The silk adds a little weight, gorgeous sheen and beautiful drape to the soft, warm alpaca fibers, producing the perfect slouchy hat. Holding two different colored strands of this amazing sport weight yarn is fast and fun to work. I’m lucky enough to have a friend who gifted me some of her drop-spindle handspun and I added it as an accent color at the bottom.   When the hat is finished, you have the perfect amount of left-over yarn to make a big, fluffy pompom for the top!

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SIZE
Women’s medium
Easily customizable by adding or subtracting cast-on stitches in multiples of 8

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference – 18″

MATERIALS
[MC] Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk [50% silk 50% alpaca; 146 yd]; color: 110 – ecru; 1 skein
[CC] Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk [50% silk 50% alpaca; 146 yd]; color: 139 – peacock; 1 skein
Optional – small amount of sport weight homespun or other sport weight yarn

US #9 double-point needles
16″ length US #9 circular needle
16″ length US #7 circular needle

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
18 sts = 4″ in stockinette stitch

PATTERN NOTES
If you like the look of the accent color on the bottom of the hat, here are the instructions:
Using the smaller circular needle and holding the accent color and the MC together, cast on 96 stitches, join for working in the round and work 9 rounds of k2, p2 rib.
Drop accent color and add CC to MC. Holding together, work 9 more rounds of k2, p2 rib. ⚙Change to larger circular needle and continue with pattern below at the same point.

PATTERN
Holding MC and CC together, cast on 96 stitches with smaller circular needle.
Work a k2, p2 rib for 2 1/2″
⚙Change to Larger circular needle
Knit for 6″
Begin decrease rounds. Change to DPN’s when necessary
Decrease rnd 1 – *K6, k2tog* to end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease rnd 2 – *K5, k2tog* to end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease rnd 3 – *K4, k2tog* to end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease rnd 4 – *K3, k2tog* to end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease rnd 5 – *K2, k2tog* to end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease rnd 6 – *K1, k2tog* to end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease rnd 7 – K2tog to end of round

Break yarn leaving 6″ tail.

FINISHING
Thread tapestry needle, pull tight, secure yarn and weave in ends. Block lightly, add pom pom if desired, enjoy!

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