The Limerick Moss Cap Free Pattern ©
Materials: 1 Skein of Malabrigo Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool, 216 yards or 200 meters.
Needle Size : Size Size 8 US = 5 mm Straight Needles , 2 pairs of Size 8 Circulars 16 inch cable each or DPN as well.
Provisionally Cast on of 23 stitches or multiples of 2 stitches plus 1, on straight size 8 US needles.
Row 1 & 3 (RS) Knit
Row 2 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end
Row 4 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end
Continue Rows 1 – 4 for about 20 to 21 inches, then remove provisional cast on. Using the Kitchener’s Stitch assemble the band without twisting it, you now have a circular band. You may choose to weave the ends or allow them to be inside the fold that will be created. Fold band in half (wrong sides Together) and pick up 117 stitches through both edges dividing the work equally on two or more needles. Whatever side you Pick the stitches out of is the Right side. Remember that you may have more or less stitches depending on your gauge or hat size.
Continue Pattern until Cap measures 5 to 6 inches from bottom. Before you decrease choose what you want the crown to look like? Is it 5, 6, 7, 8 partitions with decreases? You need to prepare your hat. I had 117 stitches so I increased 3 to a total of 120 then I decreased accordingly.
Crown decrease for 10 partitions
Row 1 Knit 10, K2 Tog all around
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12,14,16,18 and all even rows Knit all stitches
Row 3 Knit 9, K2 Tog all around Row 5 Knit 8, K2 Tog all around
Row 7 Knit 7, K2 Tog all around Row 9 Knit 6, K2 Tog all around
Row 11 Knit 5, K2 Tog all around Row 13 Knit 4, K2 Tog all around
Row 15 Knit 3, K2 Tog all around Row 16 Knit 2, K2 Tog all around
Row 17 Knit 1, K2 Tog all around