...and it´s not over yet! Another hat and neckwarmer was finished some time during November as far as I can recall. The Norwegian winter can be quite cold, at least for some weeks at the time. These brown goodies came to use as the temperature reached - 28 before Christmas...
Again my own very simple pattern made up as I went. I used:
5 balls of Puno alpaca from Rauma (a bit more than 2 balls for the hat because of the very long rib)
Needles: 7 mm circulars
Hat knitted back and forth:
Cast on 56 st and knit a 12 cm 2 x 2 rib
From the reverseside; knit one row
Knit another row while increasing to 108 stitches
Knit another row
Knit blackberry stitches (click for tutorial) for 12 cm
Decrease: place a stitch marker every 15 st.
1st row: *knit 13 st, knit 2 tog*
2nd row: knit all st
Repeat 1st and 2nd row until 7 st left on needle. Pull the yarn through the remaining sts and saw the hats edges together using a blunt needle.
Neckwarmer knitted back and forth:
Cast om 132 st and knit blackberry stitches (klick for tutorial) for as long as the yarn allows. Make sure you save a few yards for the binding off. Bind off.