Note: I have not test knitted this yet, just writing it down will post pics once I get it knitted. Also, I have attached a Youtube video about Managing colorwork, its at the bottom of the blog.
Materials - Any worsted weight yarn (4), along with size 6 - 16" circular needles, and size 7 - 16" Circular, and size 7 DPN's. Stitch marker to mark end of round. and it wont hurt to put markers to mark either end of the chart.
Colors needed in yarn:
A small amount of an yellow/orange color
a skien of black
a small amount of white and a blue/grey color.
Cast on in black with size 6 - 16" circular
CO 108 sts. Place a stitch marker and join in the round making sure not to twist.
Next round *K2, P2* around.
Continue 2x2 rib for approx 1.25"
Next round, Switch to size 7 - 16" circular needles and knit in stockenette (knit every stitch, every round.)
CHART ROUND: K20 Sts, PM (place marker) Start knitting chart, PM after last stitch on chart, Knit in black until end of row.
NOTE: CHART IS KNIT FROM RIGHT TO LEFT EVERY ROUND. ALSO, WHEN CHANGING COLORS, DONT FORGET TO TWIST THE YARN TOGETHER OR THERE WILL BE GAPS IN YOUR KNITTING.
Continue "Chart round" until chart is completed. (Like i said, this has not been test knitted yet, not sure how many inches the chart is on finished project. but, you will want the hat to measure a minimum of 5.5 inches before decreasing begins. IF the hat has not reached this point, continue to knit in black in stockenettte stitch until the minimum length is reached, add more length here if you want the hat longer.)
Round 1: *K18, K2tog, repeat from *
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K17, K2tog, repeat from *
Round 4: Knit
Continue this manner until you have 24 sts left on the needles. and have completed a knit round. Switch to DPN's when needed.
The next three rounds decrease every row. This will prevent the top of hat from having a point, like an elf.
When there are 6 sts left on the needles, Start an ICORD. Once the Icord has reached about 1-1/2 inches, switch to yellow, continue icord for another 1/2 inch. thread yarn through the last 6 sts, and finish off, sewing in ends.
IF ANYONE HAS THE CHANCE TO TEST THIS PATTERN BEFORE I DO, PLEASE POST PHOTOS AND TELL ME IF THERE ARE ANY ERRORS IN THE PATTERN! THANKS!