Tuesday, August 26, 2008

his black cabled hat

Finished measurements: approximately 18.5” (47.5cm) around, 7.5” (19cm) tall lying flat and unblocked. The hat stretches to fit pretty much any size adult head. This hat fits a regular adult sized head (roughly 21" circumference) although does stretch.

Materials needed:
- 1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 108yds/98m, 170g/6oz skein); colour pictured: Charcoal
- 9mm/US 13 circular needles, 12”
- a set of 4 9mm/US 13 double pointed needles
- 1 yarn marker
- 1 cable needle


Note that there’s enough yarn in 1 skein to make 2 adult sized hats, with a little bit left over. Pattern adjusted for a tween sized head is at the bottom of the pattern.

Tension: in stockinette: 9 sts, 12 rows = 4” (10cm)

Instructions:CO 50 sts, join.
Ribbing: *K1, P1, K2, P1* around, placing marker at beginning. Repeat for 3 more rows.

For cabled part of hat: (repeat these 8 rows twice)Rows 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, & 8: p2, * k6, p4* around to last 8 sts, end in k6, p2. (There are 5 sections of k6, where the cables will end up being.)Row 3: p2, *place 2 sts on cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 on cable needle, k2, p4* around to last 2 sts, end in p2.
Row 7: p2, *k2, place 2 sts on cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 on cable needle, p4* around to last 2 sts, end in p2.

To decrease: (this will become the third cable repeat in pattern, to be worked over a decrease to finish)
Continue following cabled pattern rows 1-8, and switch to dpn’s when needed. Make rows 1, 2, 3, 5, & 7 as above, adjusting for the decreases indicated below; knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stiches, and work cable in rows 3 and 7.
Decrease rows will be incorporated into rows 4, 6, and 8 as follows:
Row 4: p2tog, *k6, p2, p2tog* around to last 2 sts, end in p2tog.
Row 6: p1, *k6, p2tog, p1* around to last 2 sts, end in p2.

Row 8: sl1, *k6, p2tog* around. Purl last stitch tog with first stitch (this row’s sl1). Move stitch marker to new end.

To close/end hat:
Next row: knit the knit sts, purl the purl sts
Next row: *k2, k2tog k2, p1* around.
Next row: repeat row 3 of cable pattern, but change cable pattern to k2, place 2 on cable needle in front, k1, k2 from cable needle and continue around.
Next row: *k2tog, k1, k2tog, p1* across.
Next 2 rows: k2tog around.5 sts remain after last row.
Break yarn and weave through remaining sts with a crochet hook or darning needle, pull tight to close and weave in ends.
To make a smaller hat to fit a tween, with a roughly 18"-19" head circumference, make the following pattern adjustments:
CO 45 sts instead of 50. Do the ribbing as is in pattern.
For rows 1, 2, 4, 6, & 8: *p1, k6, p3* around instead of *p2, k6, p4*. Therefore, throughout hat you'll be purling 5 sts between each cable instead of 6.
For the decrease rounds: skip the 'Row 4' instruction and continue with the pattern as is.
This ought to make a tighter fitting hat for smaller heads.
© 2008 by Sabrina Thompson - original design and pictures. Please do not sell pattern or materials made thereof, or copy my pictures. Pattern cannot be distributed for sale, or as a 'free pattern' promotional tool for selling yarn or knitting supplies. If posting Finished Items on personal blogs, please link back to this blog and pattern, thanks. :D

5 comments:

Veronica said...

I'm trying to follow this pattern, and I'm a bit confused. Do you do the 8 row cable pattern for a total of THREE times, and the last one is with the 4, 6, 8 decrease? Or is the note about "Repeat these 8 rows twice" referring to the second time being the decrease set of rows? I interpreted it as 3 times total, and I think it is way too long...before I rip it out, I'd like some affirmation. Thanks!!
I absolutely love this pattern by the way!

knitphomaniac said...

There are 3 cable repeats total, but the third cable is done during the decrease. So the 8 rows should be done twice, as noted in the pattern, and THEN the decrease rows are done.

Laying flat, it may seem long, but as you can tell from the picture, it only covers the ears almost half way. Knitting it 8 rows shorter would, IMHO, make it too short.

Shane said...

Ok, so I love this pattern, and was hoping to finish this last night, but I got stumped, and don't know if I've just overlooked something, or have found something odd.

How do you do the decrease rows for 5 & 7? After decreasing on row 4, trying to go back to the original row pattern for 5, there aren't enough stitches (or too many) to end with k6, p2. The first attempt at this, I thought I had it beat by just following k & p, but then row 6 cable was screwy.

Thanks for your help!

ClaireFun said...

I need to know the same as Shane above and am really wanting to give this as a last minute Christmas present...

knitphomaniac said...

In the odd number rows, you keep knitting the knit stitches and purling the purled stitches. The cable can be worked in the 6 knit stitches the same way, the decreases are done in the purled sections.