I bought the yarn at a shop near Cannon Beach, Oregon.
10/22 - all done but the blocking and end weaving. I will wait on the weaving until post block as I don’t truly trust this alpaca not to stretch and require a reknit (which would be the 3rd time I’ve knit it!)
10/29 - all blocked and ends woven in and it FITS!
Rough directions below. I believe I will work this hat up again in a more humane gauge and at that time will write up the pattern, but for now, if you want to try to replicate what I did, feel free!
CO 140 st. Work in 3x2 ribbing with purl row every 4 row for about 3”. This is the cuff - the RS of the cuff is the WS of the crown so that when you fold it up you see the ribbed pattern on the outside of the hat.
Purl one round. At start of next round, yf, slip first st to right needle, yb, return st to left needle, turn. Knit one round, decreasing 8 sts evenly spaced around the crown by k2tog, ending with a k2tog to hide wrapped st (132 sts). Continue knitting (you may want to flip the knitting inside out so you are knitting on the outside of the tube, which is now the right side of the crown).
At approximately 3 inches, decrease 4 sts evenly spaced around the crown (128 sts). Continue knitting for another inch. On next round, k14, k2tog, pm and repeat around crown. 8 sts decreased for 120 sts total.
Work 4 rounds straight, then work a decrease round as follows: k to within 2 sts of marker, k2tog, sl m and repeat around crown, 8 sts decreased, 112 sts.
Work 3 rounds straight, repeat decrease row, 104 sts.
Work 2 rounds straight, repeat decrease row. Repeat this group of rounds four times more, 64 sts.
Work 1 round straight, repeat decrease row. Repeat.
Repeat decrease row until 8 sts remain.
Thread yarn through remaining sts and cinch tight, weave end in firmly.
Weave in ends and block.