Hats Hats Everywhere Hats!

So I think I mentioned how I went on a hat tear last week.  4 of them on 6 days I think it was. I am not much of a hat wearer myself- short hair and hats really just don’t play well together, but they’re a quick, easy knit to keep me busy when life gets crazy and I don’t want to have to focus on anything more difficult.  And they are dreadful useful here in the upper midwest during most winters. So I’ve knit a good lot of ’em.

First is the gray (trust me) one on the bottom.  That was the Winter Hiking Hat I’d queueueued up on my Year of Projects list. Admittedly, this was not my favorite knit.  The slip stitch adds a bit of visual interest to the finished hat but overall it was a bit dull and since Mr.Me’s head is unnaturally small, it really doesn’t fit him but that’s OK. It’s going in a box to ship out to a dear friend’s hubby who is serving in Afghanistan and can use it more than we can anyway. The review is by no means a reflection on the designer either. It is a lovely hat, just not the one that grabbed me like others have.

Then there’s the blue one. That was done from memory off of Jarred Flood’s Turn A Square. This pattern I love. It falls off the needles quite quickly, doesn’t involve ANY K1P1 ribbing (My knitting kryptonite, I tell you) and only an inch of 2×2 ribbing which makes me very happy. The crown shaping is ridiculously easy and generally just soothes my overworked brain. Only it turns out my memory maybe isn’t so reliable and I ended up mixing up the order of the K2togs and SSKs. But it turns out I like my mistake design modification better. The effect is the same either way but I feel my seam lines look neater when I reverse the order. SO I ran with it and turned out hat #3 which is the design that came of my own head.

I can’t hardly claim any epic bit of design here. It’s a pretty basic beanie with the addition of 4 simple cables. But I like it. And I wrote down what I did. And since someone asked, I’ll even share…  But I’ve never written up a pattern before so Don’t be surprised if I make no sense. Use at your own risk! And keep in mind I am a loose knitter so going up a needle size may be in your best interest. I didn’t measure my gauge cuz gauge is full of evil. It’s a hat. If you knit hats, buy hats or really even wear hats, you know what one should look like so use your best judgement. The cables helped to snug up the hat on Mr.Me’s abnormally small head but it still has a good bit of stretch so fitting an average sized head should not be a problem. (Come on, honestly, if you’ve been reading me for any length of time you can’t possibly have expected anything remotely close to a technical description here…) Anyway… Now that I’ve fully disclaimed, here’s what I did:

TwistedSticher’s Cabled Beanie

Stuff you’ll need:

  1. 1 skein Cascade 220 Superwash (or, you know, whatever worsted weight makes you happy)
  2. 16″ Circular, sized US5
  3. 16″ Circular, Sized US6
  4. set of 5 DPNs, Sizued US6
  5. 4 stitch markers (one in a different color helps)
  6. Cable Needle (You know, if you’re into that sort of thing)
  7. Tapestry Needle for the finishing bits

What you’ll do:

Cast on 96 stitches with the smaller circular needle.  Place a marker and join to work in the round.  Knit in K2P2 ribbing for approximately 1″.

Change to the larger Circular needle and begin pattern:

Row 1-3: (K8,P2,K4,P2,K8, PM) four times

Row 4: (K8, P2,SL2St to Cable Needle & Hold in back*, K2, K2 from cable Needle, P2, K8) four times.

Repeat rows 1-4 6 times (approximately 4″ measured after the ribbing, 5″ total)

Begin Decrease:

Row 1: (SSK, K6, P2,K4,P2,K6,K2Tog) four times

Row 2: Knit the knits, purl the purls

Row 3: (SSK, K5, P2, K4, P2, K5, K2Tog) four times

Row 4: (K6, P 2, Cable, P2, K6)

Continue in this fashion, switching to DPNs when necessary, until 12 stitches remain between each marker

Decrease EVERY row until only the 4 cable stitches remain on each needle.  Break yarn, use your tapestry needle to draw the tail through all remaining stitches, weave in ends and boom goes the dynamite, my first hat pattern is complete! If you are crazy intrepid enough to knit this, please do report back on how it went. And, you know, if the pattern made sense in the end…

And it’s clearly time to quite typing if I start using BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE in my posts…


2 responses to “Hats Hats Everywhere Hats!

  1. I love the blue one!! And now I need to knit the beanie. It won’t be an option.

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