Materials: 3-5 colors of worsted yarn, one in a nice wood shade of brown like a violin, one in a contrasting shade for strings.
Tools: 16 inch circular needle, size 8; set of 4 double pointed needles (dpn), size 8; yarn needle; scissors
Cast on 60 stitches. Join, and work in k2p2 ribbing for four rows to form the brim. Change to stockinette stitch (k every row), working stripe sequence as desired. Work 4 inches from brim/4.5 inches from cast on edge.
Begin decrease sequence
Row 1: k8, k2tog (54 sts)
Row 2 and all even rows: k all sts
Row 3: k7, k2tog (48 sts)
Row 5: k6, k2tog (42 sts)
Row 7: k5, k2tog (36 sts)
Row 8: k all sts, CHANGE TO DPNs
Row 9: k4, k2tog (30 sts)
Row 11: k3, k2 tog (24 sts)
Row 13: k2, k2tog (18 sts)
Arrange all stitches on 2 dpns (9 sts on each needle) with seam in back (5 sts on first needle, 9 on next, 4 on third needle, then knit first 5 onto needle with the 4; 9 on each needle) and work to form a flat tube.
All measurements are from start of scroll pattern. Each increase or decrease row is repeated on both needles, stitch count is for both needles.
Row 1-10: k even (1 in), 18 sts.
Row 11: k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2. 14 sts.
Row 12-15: k even (2.25 in).
Row 16: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1. 10 sts.
Row 17-29: k even (4.25 in).
Row 30: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2. 14 sts.
Row 31-34: k even (5 in)
Row 35: k3, m1, k1, m1, k3. 18 sts.
Row 36-39: k even (5.75 in)
Row 40: k4, m1, k1, m1, k4. 22 sts.
Row 41-59: k even (8.5 in)
Row 60: k5, m1, k1, m1, k5. 26 sts.
Row 61-64: k even (9.25 in)
Row 65: k6, m1, k1, m1, k6. 30 sts.
Row 66-69: k even (10.5 in)
Row 70: k7, m1, k1, m1, k7. 34 sts.
Row 71-74: k even (11.25 in)
Row 75: k8, m1, k1, m1, k8. 38 sts.
Row 76-86: k even
Entire scroll piece measures 13 inches.
Cut yarn, graft front and back needles together with kitchener stitch. Tie off and hide tail end inside tube.
With contrasting color, embroider with the chain stitch up the center back of the scroll to highlight the ridge.
Roll toward the front so that scroll makes three full circles, consult photo as needed. Sew bottom front edge of scroll to hat with main color.
Fold hat in half, front to back. On left edge just below crown decrease, pick up and knit two stitches with one needle. Repeat with second needle: 4 sts.
Row 2-3 knit in the round to form i-cord
Row 4: co 2 sts, k2, co 2. Repeat on second needle. 12 sts.
Row 5-7: k even.
Row 8: k2tog, k2, k2 tog. Repeat on second needle. 8 sts.
Cut yarn and graft stitches together with kitchener stitck.
Repeat for four more pegs, referring to photo for placement.
Secure strand of yarn to peg, pulling tail through and hiding inside peg. Wind string around peg twice, then bring over the peg and down to the middle front of hat. Yarn goes in at top of the brim, then circles around brim, back inside and secured. Repeat with four other pegs, referring to picture for help.
Secure any loose threads, making especially certain that strings are tied tightly.
Enjoy! Let me know if you find any errors in this pattern. If you make a string quartet hat, I'd love to see any of your versions of this pattern on Ravelry!