Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chevrons & Cables Hat

Chevrons & Cables Hat

Before I get any further, I should warn you - this is not the ideal yarn for this hat, if only because I needed about 102 yards of it rather than the 100 yards in a single skein (luckily, I had a bit left over from the Porcelain Moon Cowl). Of course, if you ignore the yardage, this cotton/wool worsted weight blend makes a pretty excellent lighter-weight hat, and the cables stand out crisply in the smooth texture. The Chevrons & Cables Hat is also kind of a riff on the Peaks & Cables Hat, since both use a lace pattern and a cable pattern to nice effect.

The finishing.
It's nice, in my opinion at least...
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Solstice (70% Organic Cotton, 30% Wool; 100 yards [91 meters]/50 grams); #2346 Faded Teal – two skeins

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 6, one 16" circular needle in size 8, one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size 8, and one cable needle (cn)

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches 

Using your size 6 needle, cast on 92 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Knit one inch in a * k1, p1 * ribbing, and then switch to your size 8 needle. And now that that's done, we'll start on the main pattern, which is a combination of Lace Chevron from page 202 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and Elliptical Cable from page 180 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

Row 1 and all odd rows: * p2, k2-tbl (through back loop), k4, k2-tbl, p2, k11; rep from *

Row 2: * p2, k2-tbl, k4, k2-tbl, p2, k5, yo, ssk, k4 *

Row 4: * p2, k2-tbl, slip next 2 stitches to cn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from cn; k2-tbl, p2, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3 *

Row 6: * p2, k2-tbl, k4, k2-tbl, p2, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2 * 

Row 8: * p2, k2-tbl, k4, k2-tbl, p2, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k1 *

Row 10: * p2, slip next 4 stitches to cn and hold in back, k2, transfer 4 held stitches back to your left-hand needle and knit the first two, slip the next two transferred stitches back to your cn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cn; p2, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk * 

Knit rows 1 - 10 three times and then knit row 1 again. And now it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * p2, k2-tbl, ssk, k2tog, k2-tbl, p2, k5, yo, ssk, k4 *

Decrease Row 2: * p2, k1-tbl, ssk, k2tog, k1-tbl, p2, k11 *

Decrease Row 3: * p2, ssk, k2tog, p2, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3 *

You may want to switch to your dpns about now...

Decrease Row 4: * p2tog, p2, p2tog, k11 *

Decrease Row 5: * (p2tog) twice, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2 *

Decrease Row 6: * p2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog *

Decrease Row 7: * p1, ssk, k5, k2tog *

Decrease Row 8: * p1, ssk, k3, k2tog *

Decrease Row 9: * p1, ssk, k1, k2tog *

Decrease Row 10: * p1, sl1-k2tog-psso *

Clip tail and thread through remaining 8 stitches. Pull tight, thread to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends.


  1. Hi! I just started this and did row 1 which repeated 4 times, which made sense. The row 2 pattern though is coming out longer than the row 1 set, so 4 sets are going to go past my place marker. Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Megan! Yes, each set of instructions for each row should be repeated four times exactly before the row marker. There is a decrease right before the yarn over in row two (the ssk) - perhaps you're missing it? That's the only thing that springs to mind immediately. All of your purl stitches should line up, though, so that should make it easier to tell where you're going wrong. The first 12 stitches of the pattern are the cable (including two purl stitches on either side), and the next 11 are the lace panel. If the ssk isn't where you're going wrong, try to see if it's the cable or the lace that's tripping you up and I'll take another stab at it :)

    2. Row one * p2, k2-tbl, k4, k2-tbl, p2, k11; *
      Row two * p2, k2-tbl, k4, k2-tbl, p2, k5, yo, ssk, k4 *

      Here's my problem. The first section of each is exactly the same, and isnt k2-tbl a decrease? The second section of the second row - k5+ssk(use 2 stitches)+k4=11. So it looks to me like both these rows have the same number of stitches, despite the decrease in row one. Does that make any sense? Am I missing an increase to cancel out the decrease in 1?

      Thanks for responding!!

    3. Hello again!

      Ah hah! Now that I know the trouble, I can clarify :) The k2-tbl is not a decrease, although I agree that it does look a bit like one. However, it's simply saying that you should knit two stitches, each of them through their back loops. Does that help?

  2. Hi there! I'm having the same problem as Megan. When I get to row two, I use 24 stitches from the left needle before repeating, but 24x4=96 and there are only 92 stitches to work with. I wonder if there might be a typo in the pattern, but I'm relatively new to knitting so it's very possible I'm doing something wrong. Do you have any other suggestions?

  3. Oooh! I wonder if row 2 should read:
    P2 K2TBL K4 K2TBL P2 *K4* YO SSK K4
    I think that makes sense and Imma give it a whirl!

    1. Hi Kim! I'm just guessing here, but I think you're reading the ssk as 2 stitches, when it should be read as 1 (since it's a decrease that turns 2 stitches into 1, and is compensated for by the yo). Long story short, each row of this pattern has 23 stitches, and I have double checked it and found no errors. I hope that helps! :)

  4. I think I figured out my problem. I thought the yarn over included a knit stitch. I watched a YouTube video showing me YO K1 and thought it was all one thing! Sorry for pestering you! Thanks :)

    1. No worries! I'm always happy to try to help. Please let me know if you have any other questions :)

  5. Hey Gretchen, I am thinking of making this hat for a mother and her daughter who is 5. Is this the type of hat that could loosely fit a child or could is there an easy way to figure out how many fewer stitches to cast on with this pattern? Thanks! Angela

    1. Hi Angela! It would be more difficult to modify the stitch count of this pattern because of the large number of stitches in each repeat. But if you knit the child sized hat with a yarn and needles that give you 20 stitches per inch instead of 18, I think it would be perfect!

  6. Thank you so much for offering this as a free pattern. It was fun and easy to make thanks to your great directions. And it was perfect for the 100+- yards of Dream in Color Classy I had left from a cowl project. You're on my list of favored designers!

    1. Wow Yvonne, what a lovely compliment :) And I'm glad your hat turned out so well!!!