The cap we selected called for a thick yarn, with 4 st per in. I had come by a few skeins of worsted weight Corridale yarn spun up by a local mill (a test run, I think, while they were checking out their setup). A lovely celedon green flecked with blue. I plied two strands together, creating a four-ply strand, just right for the gauge called for. For the pattern yarn, I chain-plied (sometimes called Navajo-plying) the "rainbow" yarn, also of Corriedale) I'd made last year. The chain-plying kept the overall order of the colors, and added more through the visual mixing! Finally, I had spun some triple ply yarn of white Corriedale that I could use for the trim. Amazingly, each of the yarns came out the same gauge!
Here are the yarns (except the white) as I began the chain for the cap:
This is the pattern part of the cap, before beginning the decrease for the tapered top:
And here is the finished cap:
However, at the end, my granddaughter had a warm, stylish hat just in time for the bitterly cold winds we had this winter, made by my hands. She was even warm during the sleet storms that we had too many of this year. I wish I had a photo of her wearing the cap, but those still reside on my son-in-law's camera!
I wouldn't mind doing more earflap hats (I get the next one!), but if I do, I am going to go the traditional route next time: my own hand-dyed spun singles, knit in a traditional free-form pattern from the crown down. Or, I'll just buy one from one of the several cooperatives selling caps knit by Peruvian women. I like that idea, too. Truth is, I'd rather spin and weave than crochet or knit!