There are people who take knitting very seriously. There are others who do not. I like to think of myself as an in-betweener when it comes to knitting and this is my attempt at taking the super serious (Fair Isle) and making a little fun with it. I certainly could never create a gorgeous Fair Isle Anything without a lot of coaching, so when it came to this cap I threw my personal caution to the wind. It's just a monkey. A set of monkey...bones.
This is shown on us girls but boys and adventurous grown-up men will like the cap, too. You can vary the colors. Shoot, it'd be great if you used colors they feature in all those sock monkeys. That'd be funny and totally fitting.
If you want a more beanie-like cap, omit a few rows of lice stitch before and after the monkey motif. And then, instead of doing crown decreases every third row, reduce it to every other row. That will make it closer-fitting.
Approximately 19.5 (21.25)" circumference
9.5 (11)" tall
Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Sport (100% wool; 184 yds (168 m) / 50 g):
1 skein MC1; N60S Purple Splendor*
1 skein MC2; N59S Butterfly Blue
1 skein CC1; N78S Turquoise Wonder
1 skein CC2; 109S Spring Break
1 skein CC3; N54S Orange You Glad
1 skein CC4; 308S Sunburst Gold
*Note, In this version, the two main colors are very close in color and have barely any contrast. You may choose to use just one MC, but if you do, purchase two skeins of the MC.
Colors used for Youth size:
1 skein MC1; 105 Bougainvillea
1 skein MC2; N85 Peruvian Pink
1 skein CC1; 308S Sunburst Gold
1 skein CC2; N54S Orange You Glad
1 skein CC3; N21S Mallard
1 skein CC4; N78S Turquoise Wonder
Youth: One 16 – 20" circ needle size US 4 (3.5 mm)
One set double-pointed needles size US 4 (3.5 mm)
Adult: One 16 – 20" circ needle size US 5 (3.75 mm)
One set double-pointed needles size US 5 (3.75 mm)
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Youth: 26 sts and 34.5 rnds = 4" in St st, using smaller needles
Adult: 24 sts and 32 rnds = 4" in St st, using larger needles
Stitch markers; waste yarn
Adventurous beginner. Despite the color changes, this is a quick knit. There are never more than two colors worked on any given round.
Note: This pattern provides charts.
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