I love knitting little baby caps -- they're a great way to use up odd balls of yarn, they're small and lightweight, they make for "cool" knitting, and they're finished UBER quick!
Both of these patterns are from Blankets, Hats, and Booties: To Knit and Crochet, by Kristin Spurkland, which I borrowed last week from my wonderful public library.
The cap above, knit from the bottom up, is the "Diamond Brocade" pattern. It's quite a simple pattern, as long as it is read correctly -- noting where the asterisk marking the beginning of the repeat actually IS rather than where it could be. I ripped that little bugger almost a half-dozen times before it sunk in. The yarn is vintage Classic Elite Nature's Palette Double Knitting Cotton from my sister's stash. I still have quite a bit left.
This cap, knit from the top down, is called, simply, "No Gauge." I knit it using some Mission Falls 1824 Cotton left over from the leftovers that I used for the Mack Truck Sweater. There's still some more of that, too.
It's hot. We're all feeling lazy... though some of us can't actually BE lazy.