This hat originally came from me playing around with different cable swatches. I loved this one so much; I wanted to feature it on something! It was originally designed for a friend of mine who wears winter caps over visors and baseball caps, so I wanted a hat design that had enough positive ease to accommodate that. After some experimentation, this hat was born!
The cable band is knit first, working flat, and using an optional provisional cast on. The hat is then picked up from both edges of the cable band to form the ribbing and the crown of the hat.
Head Circumference: 22 inches. Size is adjustable (see pattern notes).
Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran 100 (85% Merino, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere goat; 208 yards [190 meters]/100 grams): 14 Purple 1 skein.
Please note almost the entire skein was used (all but 14 yards) so you may want to get a second skein to be safe.
Size US 6 (4 mm): straight or circular needles.
Size US 7 (4.5 mm): circular needles.
1 stitch marker; optional waste yarn for provisional cast on; cable needle; tapestry needle.
18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
C4R: Cable 4 Right: Slip 2 sts to CN, hold to front, k2, k2 from CN.
C4L: Cable 4 Left: Slip 2 sts to CN, hold to back, k2, k2 from CN.
T4R: Twist 4 Right: Slip 2 sts to CN, hold to front, p2, k2 from CN.
T4L: Twist 4 Left: Slip 2 sts to CN, hold to back, k2, p2 from CN.
All stitches are slipped purlwise unless otherwise noted.
To adjust the hat smaller or larger, knit fewer or more repeats of the Cable Pattern. Each repeat of the cable pattern is approx 2.4 inches [6 cm]. Each repeat of the cable pattern will adjust the stitch counts by 12 for the main body of the hat, and 11 for the ribbing of the hat.
If you have an even number of stitches after completing Crown Decrease Round 5, then repeat Decrease round 5 until you get to 12 sts or less. If you have an odd number of stitches after completing Crown Decrease Round 5, Repeat Decrease Round 6 until you have 13 sts or less.
If you pick up an even number of stitches for the ribbing, you may eliminate the Decrease Round.
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Cable Pattern Written Instructions
Row 1 (RS): Sl1wyf, p2, k4, p2, C4R, p2, k4, p3. (22 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Sl1wyb (k2, p4) 3 times, k3.
Row 3: Sl1wyf, p2, C4R, p2, k4, p2, C4R, p3.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Sl1wyf, T4R, T4L, C4R, T4R, T4L, p1.
Row 6: Sl1wyb, p2, k4, p8, k4, p2, k1.
Row 7: Sl1wyf, k2, p4, C4L twice, p4, k2, p1.
Row 8: Repeat row 6.
Row 9: Sl1wyf, k2, p4, k2, C4R, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Row 10: Repeat row 6.
Row 11: Repeat row 7.
Row 12: Repeat row 6.
Row 13: Sl1wyf, T4L, T4R, C4R, T4L, T4R, p1.
Row 14: Repeat row 2.
Row 15: Repeat row 3.
Row 16: Repeat row 2.
CO 22 sts using 4mm needles.
(Optional Provisional Cast On: Cast on 22 sts using scrap yarn and 4mm needle. Knit 1 row with scrap yarn. Knit 1 row with working yarn.)
Work Cable Pattern from chart or written instruction nine times total. End after Row 16.
Graft live stitches on needle to cast on edge (if using the optional provisional cast on, remove scrap yarn and graft stitches together.) Weave in ends.
With RS of cable band facing and larger needles, pick up and knit 108 sts from the top edge of the cable band. This is more sts than the number of slipped stitches at the edge — you will be picking up 12 sts in 8 slipped sts.
*Pick up and knit 1 st. Then pick up and knit the next st through the front leg. Pick up and knit the same st through both legs of the slipped st.*. Rep from * to end.
Work in stockinette stitch in the round for 8.25 inches [21 cm], or to 1 inch [2.5 cm] before crown decreases.
Rnd 1: *K2, k2tog, rep from * to end (81 sts)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K1, k2tog, rep from * to end (54 sts)
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *K2tog, rep from * to end. (27 sts)
Rnd 6: K3tog, *k2tog, rep from * to end. (13 sts)
Cut yarn and pull through remaining sts.
Pick up 99 sts for the ribbing of the hat along the other side of the cable band. Like the top of the hat, you’ll be picking up more sts than there are slipped edges.
**Pick up and knit 2 sts. Then pick up and knit the next st through the front leg. Pick up and knit the same st through both legs of the slipped st. Pick up and knit 1 st. *Pick up and knit the next st through the front leg. Pick up and knit the same st through both legs of the slipped st. Pick up and knit 1 st*, rep from * to * 2 times total. ** Rep from ** to ** 9 times total (or however many repeats of the cable chart you did).
Ribbing Decrease Rnd: *K1, p1, rep from * until 3 sts rem, k1, p2tog.
Ribbing Rnd: *K1, p1, rep from * to end.
Repeat Ribbing Rnd until work measures 2.5 inches [6.5 cm] or desired length from bottom of cable band.
Bind off Ribbing.
Weave in remaining ends. Block to desired dimensions.
About the Designer: Sarah Dawn
Sarah Dawn has been fascinated by knitting since first learning how to knit at the age of 5, and loving (almost all of) it. When she’s not knitting, she’s teaching herself to crochet and spin. Beyond yarn, her other vices include earl grey tea, and curling up with a good book.
She’s just starting to branch out into designing knitwear, and you can find her designs on Ravelry here. Currently, she lives in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada, area, along with her roommate and two cats. She finds this whole ‘write about yourself in the third person’ thing rather awkward, but it seems to work out alright.