Cascade Eco Duo yarn is one of the softest in the shop. Baby alpaca – that’s the fiber from an alpaca’s first shearing – and merino wool are combined in undyed, naturally occurring shades for a worsted weight yarn that is an absolute joy to knit.
The yarn transitions through the different shades in each skein for a striping effect. I went for the black, grey, and natural of the color zebra for my hat, but honestly, I love each colorway; shown below from left to right: zebra, storm, vanilla, koala, and chicory.
This hat is a basic watch cap that’ll fit most adults. I had plenty leftover, so if you want a slouchier hat, work another inch or two of stockinette stitch before you start the decreases. Or, for extra warmth around your ears, work another two inches of ribbing, and you can fold up the brim.
ECO DUO HAT
Cascade Eco Duo [70% undyed baby alpaca, 30% undyed merino; 197 yds / 100g]: 1 hank.
16-inch US 8 circular needle and 8-inch US 8 double pointed needles.
4.5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together as one
CO 88sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.
Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Rep round 1 until work measures 3 inches.
Round 1: Knit.
Rep round 1 until work measures 7.5 inches.
Round 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 2, and all even rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 5: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 7: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread through darning needle, pull through remaining stitches, and draw closed. Bring tail to wrong side and weave in. Weave in cast on tail.