In St st (knit RS rows, purl WS rows, 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10 cm. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!
M1: Lift running thread before next stitch onto left-hand needle and knit in its back loop to make one stitch.
Note: Add a pom-pom to top of cap if desired.
Cast on 67 sts. Work 4 rows Garter St (knit every row) noting first row is WS. Next Row (WS): (K13, M1) 4 times, k15 -- 71 sts. Beg with a knit row, work in St st until Cap measures approx 4 3/4 inches from beg, ending with a purl row.
Top Shaping Row 1 (RS): K1; * k2tog, k8; rep from * to end of row -- 64 sts. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl. Row 3: K1; * k2tog, k7; rep from * to end of row -- 57 sts. Row 5: K1; * k2tog, k6; rep from * to end of row -- 50 sts. Cont in this manner, dec 7 sts evenly across RS rows until there are 8 sts. Break yarn, leaving a long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew center back seam. Weave in ends.