More Kool-Aid dying! I started this as a double wound cake (wind a cake of yarn, then wind it again, by pulling from the inside and outside. It should be the same size, but the strands doubled.)
I used an envelope of lemon kool-aid and a couple of drops of yellow food coloring, with three cups of water and three caps full of white vinegar. This was enough to go about half way up the cake of yarn.
Once the water ran clear, I filled the crock pot with the same amount of water, and this time, with about 2 packages of blue raspberry kool-aid, 6 drops of blue food coloring and three caps full of white vinegar. I flipped the cake over, putting the yellow side up.
Once the water ran clear this time, I cooled off the yarn and rinsed it. Then I unwound it to hang it to dry. Truthfully, this is the hardest part, I use a yarn swift to help, and do it on a floor that can get wet.
Then I hung it to dry.
When it was dry, I wound it into a regular cake, put it back in the crock pot, this time with enough water to cover it, lots of blue raspberry kool aid (maybe 4 packages) and 6 more drops of blue kool aid, as well as a cap full of white vinegar for each cup of water.
I have to admit, the hat is a little fruity in smell, I’ll give it a good wash before I give it away.
Now, the pattern.
Still working on adapting the hurricane pattern –
This one, I cast on 73 stitches on a size 7 circular needle. At end of round one/beginning or round two, I knit two stitches together, leaving 72.
k2 p2 ribbing for 6 rows, purling last two stitches of the round together.(71 stitches)
then, knit ten, purl two around for about 4 inches.
Decrease rounds –
Round 1, knit ten, purl 2, knit two together around
Round 2 knit 9 purl two
Keep going in this manner, reducing the number of knit stitches between purls, while maintaining the purl pattern until there are 4 stitches between purls, then decrease every round, until all stitches are purls (should be 12) knit two together around, then cut yarn leaving long tail, and draw through remaining stitches, weave in ends.
The hat is a medium, I would say, it fits me, but would be more comfortable on a kid. To increase, you could either add a multiple of 6 stitches, and increase the number of knit stitches between purls, or add twelve and another pattern repeat.