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A simple braided cable pattern makes this bold hat a real eye-catcher. Chunky cables all around, in a soft, lofty yarn that surrounds your head in stylish warmth.
Ribbed bottom band for great fit. AND this pattern only uses ONE SKEIN (actually, one hank) of yarn! It's also a quick and seamless knit on size 10.5 double-pointed needles.
An impressive gift that you can crank out quickly. A great design for men and women.
Finished Knit Measurements: 16 ½" [42 cm] unstretched; Stretches to 25" [63.5 cm]. 8 ½" [21.5 cm] height.
One size fits most adults.
Yarn Used: Knit Picks Swish Bulky (100% Superwash Merino Wool); 3.5 oz/100 g [137 yds/125 m] per hank): 1 hank in Squirrel Heather #23511.
Pattern Gauge: Widest part of 14-st braided cable = 2 3/8" [6 cm] in width and 20 rows/rounds = 4" [10 cm] in Braided Cable Stitch on size 10 ½ [6.5 mm] needles.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A bulky weight yarn with a gauge of 3 - 3.75 sts = 1" on US size 10 - 11 needles..
Total Yardage Required: 137 yds [125 m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran
Malabrigo Yarn Chunky
Cascade Yarns Venezia Bulky
Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky
Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky
Lion Brand Alpine Wool B
erroco Vintage™ Chunky
madelinetosh tosh chunky
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: 1 set of 5 double-pointed needles in Size 10 ½ (6.5 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
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Posted by Lynn on 7th Jan 2015
I knit three of these for my daughters-in-law together with the luscious cable cowl and they were a huge hit. The hat is hefty and warm and fits beautifully. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky.
Posted by Jennifer Gray on 24th Nov 2014
I enjoyed this quickly knitted cable hat with fantastic instructions. All stitches were clear and well explained. Thanks for another great pattern!
Posted by Mary B. Johnaton on 9th Dec 2013
I had a little trouble getting started but am liking it.
Posted by Jen on 11th Jan 2013
This is a great hat pattern! It took about 2 days to do, and the pattern was easy to follow. I'm actually on my second one - my mom likes mine so much she asked for one of her own!
Posted by Unknown on 29th Nov 2012
This was my first cable pattern other than a plain, repetitive twist. It might be the best project I have ever made in my 10 years of knitting. I found it difficult but doable and the instructions were clear enough for a total cable-newbie to follow. I have a big head (22.5") and it fits me perfectly. I am already planning to make one for my niece for Christmas.