I did manipulate the yarn a bit. For the purple hat, I started the cast on with the non-fuzzy yarn. It made a nicer ribbing along the bottom than the fuzz. Also there is a strip of metallic yarn. I doubled up the yarn at this point giving this row a little more body. The sparkle and dazzle still appears through the fuzz.
The lace pattern I used in the pattern doesn't show up very strong, but it makes a lighter hat. If you want a denser hat, you could do a solid stockinette stitch for the body of the hat instead of the lace. Here in the Denver area, we have more warm winter days than cold ones. Temperatures stay mild between the 40's and 50's so a lighter hat is ideal. We save the warm hats for the mountains.
1 skein Red Yarn Boutique Magical Yarn 1 skein; 93% Acrylic, 6% Wool, 1% Metallic Polyester, 3.5 oz. (100 g), 190 yds (174 m) . Colors: Fortune Teller (purple) and Wizard (green)
Size 11 (8mm) 16” circular needle
Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles
Gauge: 2” = 6 stitches
With circular needles, cast on 54 stitches. Place marker; join being careful not to twist the stitches.
Work a 3x3 rib (K3, P3) for 1½”.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K1, K2tog, yo. Repeat from * around.
Repeat these two rows for about 8 inches.
Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.
Row 1: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * around.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2tog around. Continue K2tog until you have 9 stitches left.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Cut yarn, thread through the remaining stitches and secure tightly. Weave in ends.
Okay. Back to the needles.