Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rib & Cable Hat

Rib & Cable Hat

The name isn't flashy but the hat looks pretty darn good anyway; pairing cables which jump ribs and, well, ribbing, this thing squeezes up tight until you're ready to stick it on your head. Yeah, I have no idea what I'm talking about. So let's just make a hat already!
The finishing!

Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon; 130 yards [120 meters]/100 grams); #6176 Pumpkin – one skein

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 10, one set of double-pointed needles (dpns), also in size 10, and a cable needle (cn) or double-pointed needle for cabling

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 14 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

Cast on 80 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Now we're going to work a ribbing row, which looks like so:

Ribbing row: * p1, k2, p1, (k1, p2, k1, p1) twice, k2; rep from *

Repeat ribbing row 6 times, and then we'll move on to the main pattern. But first, the notation:

front cross (fc): slip two stitches to cn and hold in front. Knit two stitches, then knit two from cn.

back cross (bc): slip two stitches to cn and hold in back. Knit two stitches, then knit two from cn.

And now for the pattern:

Rows 1 & 2: * p1, k2, p1, (k4, p1) twice, k2 *

Row 3: * p1, k2, p1, fc, p1, bc, p1, k2 *

Row 4: * p1, k2, p1, (k4, p1) twice, k2 *

Rows 5 - 12: repeats rows 1 - 4 twice more

Rows 13 & 14: * p1, k4, p1, (k2, p1) twice, k4 *

Row 15: * p1, bc, p1, (k2, p1) twice, fc *

Row 16: * p1, k4, p1, (k2, p1) twice, k4 *

Rows 17 - 24: repeat rows 13 - 16 twice more

Knit rows 1 - 24 once, and then knit rows 1 - 4 once more. Now it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * p1, k2tog, p1, (k4, p1) twice, ssk *

Row 2: * p3, (k4, p1) twice, p1 *

Row 3: * p1, p2tog, fc, p1, bc, p2tog * 

And you're going to want to switch to your dpns now, if you haven't already.

Row 4: * p2, k4, p1, k4, p1 * except for the last repeat, where you'll slip the final purl stitch to the next dpn (making it, in effect, the first stitch of the next row)

Row 5: * p3tog, k4, p1, k4 *

Row 6: slip first two stitches to last dpn. Then, * k3, p1, k3, sl-k2tog-psso *

Row 7: * k1, k2tog, p1, ssk, k2 *

Row 8: * k2tog, p1, ssk, k1 * 

Row 9: slip first stitch to last dpn. Then, * p1, sl-k2tog-psso *

Clip tail, thread through remaining 10 stitches, weave to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends.


  1. I really like this hat as well as the next one.

    1. I thought this one turned out really nicely!