The rich detail and color of carved cinnabar were the inspiration for this hat (for the coordinating scarf pattern, see the December 2006 issue of Magknits). I used a modification of the "Double Ribbed Mock Cable" (DRMC) from Barbara Walker's 4th Treasury of Knitting Patterns. In the pictured hat, the stitch pattern is used both horizontally, for a wide band which wraps around the head, and vertically, from band to crown, but directions are also included for a hat without the horizontal band, which omits the somewhat time-consuming step of picking up stitches along the band.
Intermediate; skills include provisional cast-on and grafting (both optional); picking up stitches (for pictured version); increases, decreases and reading chart.
Directions for provisional cast-on and grafting may be found in Vogue Knitting, the glossary of Interweave Knits, or in a number of other knitting resources. When picking up stitches around band to purl, insert needle through edge stitches from back to front instead of from front to back.