The Winding Cable Hat Pattern

In August of 2019 as part of the #WNHyearofhatsKAL2019, I knit a hat I designed myself. It was knit with Lion Brand® Touch of Alpaca® yarn in the dusty blue colorway. I posted the finished hat in August 2019

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I liked the way the cable stitch pattern looked knit with this yarn but thought that the pattern could be improved. The hat pattern has lingered in my mind since 2019 so when I came across a different colorway of the same yarn in my stash this year, I had to knit “The Winding Cable Hat”. This hat has the same cable stitch pattern as the August 2019 KAL hat in addition to some new modifications. The Winding Cable Hat is knit bottom up in the round with a long brim that can be folded over and a simple, textured cable stitch pattern for the body of the hat.

Yarn: Lion Brand® Touch of Alpaca® yarn in the taupe colorway 
Knitting Needles: US #6 16-inch circular needles for 2×2 rib stitch pattern of the brim; US #7 16-inch circular needles for the body and crown shaping; and US #8 knitting needles for the cable cast on 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Cable Needle
Gauge: 5 stitches / 7 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #7 knitting needles
Size: Adult M 
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
BOR: beginning of round
C4F: slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold in front, K2 stitches on the circular needle then knit the 2 stitches on the cable needle.
C2F: slip 1 stitch onto the cable needle and hold in front, K1 stitch on the circular needle then knit the 1 stitch on the cable needle.
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
[…]: stitch pattern repeats

The Winding Cable Hat Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

Cast on 100 stitches with US #8 knitting needles using the cable cast on method. Transfer all the stitches to US #6 16-inch circular needles. Place a BOR marker, join the round by knitting as follows:

The brim of the hat:
Brim Round 1: [K2, P2] repeat till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
Repeat Brim Round 1, thirty seven more times or to preferred length. The Winding Cable Hat brim is about 5 inches in length.
Brim Round 39: Knit all stitches to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
Brim Round 40: Purl all stitches to BOR marker, slip BOR marker

The body of the hat:
Change to US #7 16-inch circular needles and knit:
Hat Body Round 1: [K10, pm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 2: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 3: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 4: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 5: [K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 6: [K1, P2, C4F, P2, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P2, C4F, P2, K1, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 7: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 2 – 7, four more times

The crown shaping of the hat:
Hat Crown Shaping Round 1: [K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1, slip BOR marker (80 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 2: [K8, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K8, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 3: [K2, K2tog, K2tog, K2, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K2, K2tog, K2tog, K2, slip BOR marker (60 stitches) 
Hat Crown Shaping Round 4: [K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 5: [K1, P1, C2F, P1, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P1, C2F, P1, K1, slip BOR marker 
Hat Crown Shaping Round 6: [K6, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K6, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 7: [K2tog, K2, K2tog, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K2tog, K2, K2tog, slip BOR marker (40 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 8: [K4, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K4, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 9: [K1, K2tog, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, K2tog, K1, slip BOR marker (30 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 10: [K3, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K3, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 11: [K1, K2tog, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, K2tog, slip BOR marker (20 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 12: [K2, rm] repeat […] 8 more times, K2, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 13: [K2tog] repeat […] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker (10 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 14: Knit all stitches to BOR marker, remove BOR marker and break about 6 inches of yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle.
Pass the tapestry needle with the working yarn through the 10 remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn.
Weave in the ends, wash and block hat.

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~coffeeteaknits

The Wistful Hat Pattern

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wistfulhat_top

I find knitting hats a great way to use up those single hanks of fingering weight sock yarn purchased at a yarn shop or at a craft festival. Although I could use these single hanks of sock yarn for knitting socks, I much prefer to knit hats, shawlettes or cowls with them. Hats are useful in keeping our heads warm, make wonderful gifts, are small enough projects to be knit quickly, and a great way to learn and explore the different knit stitch patterns and techniques.

I named this hat “The Wistful Hat” because I purchased the yarn a few years back from a yarn shop I had newly found but regrettably it is no longer there now. The Wistful Hat is knit bottom up and in the round. It’s knit holding two strands of the same yarn together with a simple textured knit stitch pattern for the body and crown shaping in stockinette stitch. The brim of the hat can be folded for extra warmth. 

Yarn:  Plymouth Yarn® Happy Feet 100 in color 0110 or any other colorway of choice
Knitting Needles: US #4 and US #5 circular needles for knitting the hat and US #6 knitting needles for the cable cast on 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge:  6 stitches /  8.75 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #4 knitting needles
Size: Adult M/L 
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
BOR: beginning of round
Ktbl: knit through the back loop
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
[ ]: stitch pattern repeats

The Wistful Hat Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

The brim of the hat:

  • Cast on 128 stitches with two strands of yarn held together using the cable cast on method and with US #6 knitting needles. 
  • Transfer the stitches to US #4 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round making sure the yarn is not twisted.
    wistfulhat_begin
  • Knit in 1 x 1 rib stitch pattern (K1,P1) for 32 rounds or about 4 inches.
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The body of the hat:

  • Change to US #5 circular needles and begin the textured stitch pattern as follows:
    • Round 1: [Ktbl, P1] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [P1, Ktbl] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
  • Repeat Rounds 1 to 4 six more times and then knit
    • Round 1: [Ktbl, P1] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [P1, Ktbl] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: [K16, pm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, K16, slip BOR marker

wistfulhat_patternstitch

The crown shaping of the hat:

  • Change to US #4 circular knitting needles and knit for the crown shaping
    • Round 1: [Knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

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  • Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 five more times (80 stitches) and then knit the following rounds
    • Round 1: [K3, K2tog, pm, K3, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, K3, K2tog, pm, K3, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [K2, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K2, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 5: [K1, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K1, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 6: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 7: [K2tog, rm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 8: Knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker 
    • Round 9: K2tog till BOR marker, remove the BOR marker (8 stitches remaining)
    • Break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Pass the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn.

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  • Weave in the ends and wash the hat.

~coffeeteaknits

The Comfy Hat Patterns

There are some knit stitch patterns that look just as good on the right side as they do on the wrong side. It is so with the twisted seed stitch knit pattern. So I knitted the Comfy Hats with this twisted seed stitch pattern, one with the right side on the outside and the other with the wrong side on the outside. The Lion Brand® Scarfie yarn is warm and comfortable making it the right hat to wear this time of the year. Both hats were knitted bottom up and in the round with a 1 x 1 rib knit stitch pattern folded cuff, a body with the twisted seed stitch pattern, and crown shaping. 

There are two patterns down below for the two hats. The patterns are mostly similar but with a few modifications. These patterns are only for an adult medium hat size. These hats have not been graded for different sizes but the pattern can be easily adapted to different sizes by increasing or decreasing the number of cast on stitches or by increasing or decreasing the number of the pattern repeats.

The Comfy Hat Patterns (text and images for personal use only)

Yarn: Lion Brand® Scarfie Yarn in the Cream/Silver colorway
Knitting Needles: US #7 and US #9 circular knitting needles
Gauge: 17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch before blocking and with US #7 knitting needles
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • P2tog: Purl two stitches together
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • K1B: knit below the stitch on the left hand needle 
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • BOR marker: beginning of round marker
Comfy Hat Pattern 1Comfy Hat Pattern 2
With US #9 cast on 88 stitches using the cable cast on method, slip stitches on to US #7 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round With US #9 cast on 88 stitches using the cable cast on method, slip stitches on to US #7 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round
Folded Cuff (1 x 1 rib stitch):
Round 1: [K1, P1] till the BOR marker, slip marker

Repeat Round 1 twenty-four more times (about 4 inches in length)
Folded Cuff (1 x 1 rib stitch):
Round 1: [K1, P1] till the BOR marker, slip marker

Repeat Round 1 twenty-four more times (about 4 inches in length)
Body (Twisted Seed Stitch Pattern):
Setup Round: [purl 10, K1, pm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 1: [purl till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker

Round 3: [purl till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker


Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 seven more times
Body (Twisted Seed Stitch Pattern):
Setup Round: [purl 11, pm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 1: [purl to marker, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 1 stitch before marker, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker

Round 3: [purl to marker, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times till the BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 seven more times


Crown Shaping:
Round 1: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 2 stitches before marker, K2, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 3: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 three more times


Round 17: [P2tog, K1, sm] repeat this seven more till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

Round 18: Knit all the stitches removing all markers till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 19: K2tog till the BOR marker, remove BOR marker, break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn


Weave in the ends and wash hat.
Crown Shaping:
Round 1: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 2: [K1, K1B till 2 stitches before marker, K1, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 3: [purl till 3 stitches before marker, P2tog, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Round 4: [K1B, K1 till 1 stitch before marker, P1, sm] repeat this 7 more times, slip BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 1 – 4 three more times


Round 17: [P2tog, P1, sm] repeat this seven more till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

Round 18: [K1, P1 till marker, rm] repeat till the BOR marker, slip the BOR marker

Round 19: P2tog till the BOR marker, remove BOR marker, break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn

Turn the hat inside out, weave in the ends and wash hat.

The potential of yarn

Does the potential of yarn make it difficult for you to give it away? It does for me.
Is it easier to knit and give away the finished item? It is for me. Although finishing knitting projects take time sometimes weeks to months or years.
So in an effort to reduce the time it takes to finish a yarn project, I began dabbling in weaving using a large size pot holder type loom I put together.
Add a rigid heddle loom and it opens up a whole new way to realize the potential of yarn! Watch this space for more weaving projects.


May 2019 hat for the #WNHyearofhatsKAL2019

Knitted with Premier Chamonix® Yarn

Knitting with anti-pilling yarn

My version of Udina – a top down seamless cabled pullover pattern by Norah Gaughan

Yarn used: Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Yarn (used to be Deborah Norville Collection when I bought the yarn few years ago).
I’ve knit several other sweaters with this yarn and compared to other yarn (including wool yarn) it doesn’t pill much. It is soft to knit and wear, warm, budget friendly, and machine washable. This yarn is great for knitting sweaters, blankets, cowls, hats etc. and a good alternative for those sensitive to wool.


March Hat for the #WNHyearofhatsKAL2019
Pattern used: Sideways Bobble Hat by Woolly Wormhead
Yarn Used: Premier Yarn Every day and Premier Serenity Sock

The woven look of the linen knit stitch

The linen stitch pattern gives the knitted item a flat woven look on one side and a textured look on the other side.

The flat weave side

Textured side of the linen stitch

Why this stitch pattern is fast becoming a new favorite of mine:

  • Like the garter stitch it lays flat

Dishcloths with linen stitch

Linen stitch dishcloths

  • By varying the knitting needle sizes, it can be knit tightly without much stretch or elasticity or knit loosely with some elasticity
  • It creates a dense fabric-like look when knit tightly
  • It’s a simple 2 rows repeat pattern that can be used to create a plethora of single colored or multicolored knitted items
  • There’s no purling when knit in the round

Linen stitch hat

Hat with the textured side

This simple yet versatile stitch pattern is also great for leftover yarn from other knitting projects. I know I’ll be knitting quite a few items with this stitch pattern.

Have you tried the linen knit stitch?


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
May 2018 square: Stitch pattern for both squares are different from the knit-along pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page