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My version of the venerable Watch Cap.

Swatch with your yarn and needles till you get a fabric you like. Measure your gauge!!!!! This is critical. You must know how many stitches per inch you get. You will need a 16 inch circular needle and a matching set of 4 or 5 double point needles.

Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches, for my caps I usually use somewhere between 72 and 104 sts. Join being careful not to twist the cast on row.

Knit 4 purl 4 around and around. I like this rib; it has give and it looks nice. Knit till your cap is as long as you want. I make them long so my victim... uh recipient... can roll it up over his/her ears.

Decrease at the top and when you cannot fit the stitches around your circular needle switch to the double points. When you get down to just a few sts break the yarn, thread it through the stitches and fasten off. Tuck the loose ends and you're finished!

What kind of yarn should you use? Soft and warm is best in my opinion. Merino and silk is heavenly! Cashmere, angora, quiviut, camel down, alpaca, llama, kid mohair... the choice is yours.

Don't be afraid to experiment with new blends. A cap is a small project; neither spinning nor knitting will take too long and you can see what your new blend will look like.

What color? Wow... any color! Blending is fun. Try loud dyed tussah blended with natural black wool. Reds, purples and pinks can fade into blues and greens or yellows and oranges! Or blend plain golden tussah silk with chocolate-brown lamb's wool.

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