Friday, February 7, 2014

Cable Chevron Hat

Cable Chevron Hat

The inspiration for this hat was simple: our neighbors keep blowing the snow out of our driveway, and my husband suffers from a monumental guilt complex about it. So he asked me to make a hat for the man across the street, presumably to keep his head warm while he's taking care of our snow...

Yarn: Berroco Blackstone Tweed Chunky (65% Wool, 25% Superkid Mohair, 10% Angora Rabbit Hair; 60 yards [55 meters]/50 grams); #6656 Narragansett - 2 skeins
The back. Pretty, no? (in a manly way of course)

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 9, one 16" circular needle in size 10.5, one set of double-pointed needles (dpns), also in size 10.5, and a cable needle (cn) or double-pointed needle for cabling

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker or scrap yarn to mark row

Gauge: 13 stitches = 4 inches

Using your size 9 needle, cast on 72 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Knit six rows in a k2, p2 ribbing, and then switch to your size 10.5 circular needle. Now, we'll get started on the main pattern, which is Cable Chevron from page 290 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. And it goes like so:

Row 1: knit

Row 2: * slip next three stitches to cn and hold in back, k3, then k3 from cn; slip next stitches to cn and hold in front, k3, then k3 from cn; rep from *

Rows 3 - 8: knit

Knits rows 1 - 8 three times, and then knit rows 1 - 4 once more. Then, it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * ssk, k8, k2tog *

Decrease Row 2: knit

Switch to your dpns whenever you're ready.

Decrease Row 3: * ssk, k6, k2tog *

Decrease Row 4: * ssk, k4, k2tog *

Decrease Row 5: * ssk, k2, k2tog *

Decrease Rows 6 & 7: * ssk, k2tog *

Clip tail, thread through remaining 6 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.


  1. I'll bet he'll love it - I can't believe how prolific you are with the needles! Fabulous! Happy weekend...Tanya

    1. I hope so! I had a whole other hat knit out of this yarn, and then realized as soon as I finished that it had a fatal flaw, so I had to start over. I'm just happy the second one turned out!!! And you have a great weekend too!

  2. Not a "fatal flaw" but a flawless fate!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity. (all I have to do is to actually DO more knitting)

    1. No, thank you for checking out my page! And believe me, I have about a million other things I'd like to do more of... but instead I knit!!!

  3. I am looking for a hat pattern for myself and I love the look of this one. One question though, how big is it? I have a good amount of thick hair and I have a lot of trouble finding hats that will stay down over my ears with my hair taking up so much space. Is there a way to make this hat "deeper"?

    1. Hi Andrea!

      First of all, I am very happy to help you modify this hat for your needs. And, if I'm understanding you correctly, you mostly just need more room in the hat - presumably you'd like the band to stay the same size, but have a larger head space? If that's what you're asking, I would recommend knitting the bulk of the hat on size 11 needles instead of 10.5s, and adding one to two extra pattern repeats before you begin the deceases, depending on your size needs. Let me know if I haven't understood your question correctly, also. I'm happy to try again :)