The rich detail and color of carved cinnabar were the inspiration for this hat for the coordinating FREE 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.
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate skills include
provisional cast-on and grafting both optional picking up stitches
for pictured version increases, decreases and reading chart.
MATERIALS:  Sundara Yarns hand-dyed DK Silky Merino 50% silk/50% merino
wool 250 yds/229 m per 100 gm skein #012 1 skein. Yarn available here for substitutions try Blue
Sky “Alpaca & Silk” Anny Blatt “Kanpur” 100% silk Knit Picks “Elegance” alpaca