It is not, in fact, the ugliest thing ever. It has now grown on me.
Don't look too closely because I hadn't quite worked out what I wanted until, you know, I was practically done.
Coral loves alpacas. And llamas. Need some proof?
I used size 8 needles, two sizes smaller than the recommended needle size for a denser fabric which the super soft and lofty yarn needed forced upon it.
I started from the top down because I really hadn't worked out how I was going to knit the earflaps yet, I put them off. I could only find four of my dpns so I cast on and worked my increases in groups of six. I kept two stockinette stitches together and purled between them every non increase row, increasing on either side of them on the knit rows.
I was hit by inspiration to put an i-cord edging on it. Why? I don't know. It was fiddly, but I think it worked out ok.
At this point I was convinced it was shit. It was horrific, it smelled of vinegar (What the hell is that about Misti Alpaca? Actually I know why it would smell of vinegar, technically, neutralizing the pH after dying and all, but I have a hard time with a commercial product still actually smelling like vinegar once it has hit store shelves. Wash that out.), it was probably too big.