This is my first design! Not surprisingly it's pretty much a no-brainer, but I couldn't find anything similar when surfing the web so I thought I'd put it up. It makes a long stocking cap (about 2 feet) with a stripe near the end.
LONG STOCKING CAP Final measurements: 23 inches around at cuff, approximately 2 foot long (excluding braid and tassel.) I used Reynold's Lite Lopi (a fairly heavy worsted weight yarn) and ended up with a fairly loose, light-weight knit. For a heavier cap, use two strands worsted weight and size 6 needles (or size needed for gauge). You'll need: * Worsted weight yarn, about 100 grams Main Color (MC), a small amount of Contrast Color (CC) * Double-pointed needles or circular needle size 8 (or size needed for gauge) * Ring-type stitch markers * Tapestry needle GAUGE: 4 sts = 1 inch, 6 rows = 1 inch DIRECTIONS: With MC cast on 96 sts (I recommend an English cast-on), join. Working in the round, work 3 inches in K1,P1 ribbing. Work 5 inches in stockinette stitch (K around). Next round: K around. As you knit, place two markers 48 sts apart. Round 1: *K to marker, K2TOG* twice Round 2: K around. Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for 8 inches Switch to CC. Continue repeating rounds 1 and 2 for 3 inches. Switch back to MC. Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 8 sts remain. Break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through tapestry needle, and thread through remaining stitches and tie off. Make a braid using 12 strands of MC and a tassel combining MC and CC. To make the tassel, I just wind the yarn around my left hand, slip it off carefully, wind a little yarn around one end and tie it off, then cut the other end and trim. Attach the tassel to the braid and the braid to the end of the cap. This pattern is © 1999 Britt Scharringhausen. You may make copies for free as long as this notice is attached. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This works great for socks, mittens -- anywhere where you want a nice, stretchy cuff. Take it from someone who cannot cast on loose enough with the usual method, with the English cast-on, you can't do it too tight!!!