Monday, November 12, 2012

Pattern: Squish-Squash Cable Hat

Winter's coming, and you know what that means.. Time to knit some new hats!!

I wanted to play with cables and I needed a new hat, so thus, enter the Squish-Squash Cable Hat. It's thick, quick, squishy, and slouchy. It's warm and versatile.  Fold the long brim up for extra warmth, or wear it slouchy.

Techniques You'll Need:
- Magic Loop (or DPNs)
- Knit & Purl
- Slip, Slip, Knit (ssk)
- Knit 2 Together (k2tog)
- Cables (Front and Back)

Extra Things You'll Need:
- Cable Needle

As always, I present this pattern to you for free with the understanding that it's mine. Mine, I tell you! Do not copy or sell this pattern, or the hats you make with it, without my permission. This pattern is for  personal and charity use only. Kthx.


Squish-Squash Cable Hat

This hat is knit from the bottom up, starting with an extra long k2, p2 rib brim and then alternating cables worked up the body. The decreases are worked in the last round of cables, using both ssk and k2tog stitches to maintain the look of cables throughout. It's very squishy, stretchy and warm.

For more info on cables, watch KnittingHelp.com's Cable Videos.

Yarn
: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Chunky
Gauge: 16 stitches x 22 rows of k2, p2 for 4"
Needle: US 7 (4.5mm), 16" circulars

Cast on 80 stitches and join for working in the round.

K2, P2 for 3 inches, then work the cable pattern four times.

Cable Pattern (work 4 times):
R1-R7: * k6, p2, repeat from * around
R8: * C3F, p2, C3B, p2, repeat from * around

Decreases:
After the 4th cable work 4 rounds of * k6, p2, repeat from * around. Then, work the following:

R5 : * k2, ssk, k2, p2, k2, k2tog, k2, p2, repeat from * around
R6 : * k5, p2, repeat from * around
R7 : * k5, p2tog, repeat from * around

Note: For round 8, you'll have only 5 stitches for the cables. Make sure that 3 stitches are always in front and 2 in the back. So on the CF, put 3 stitches on the cable needle, for CB, put only 2 on the cable needle. I try and denote this in the pattern.

R8 : * C3F, p, C2B, p, repeat from * around
R9 : * k3, ssk, p, k2tog, k3, p, repeat from * around
R10: * k4, p, repeat from * around
R11: * k, ssk, k, p, k, k2tog, k, p, repeat from * around
R12: * k, ssk, p, k, k2tog, p, repeat from * around
R13: * ssk, p, k2tog, p, repeat from * around
R14: * ssk, k2tog, repeat from * around
R15: ssk around

Cut tail ~8 inches and weave stitches through all 5 stitches twice. Tighten to close and then weave in ends. Block the hat, especially near the crown, if you tend to work your cable rounds a bit tight like I do.

Wear it to IKEA and entertain yourself by taking pictures in the crappy lighting.

 Return home and do much of the same there, in slightly better lighting.

Realize how silly you're being and then continue about your day as normal.