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sideways cables flare down over a garter stitch background

This is part of the VIP Hat Collection, six extremely fun hat patterns, each with a different construction!

  • fun sideways construction
  • knit flat, seamed with a 3-needle bind-off
  • cable without a cable needle to go faster
  • shaped with short rows (german or shadow wraps are the recommended methods)
  • height is determined by gauge; circumference is custom fit (measurements are given, or try it on as you go)
  • entire pattern is written and charted

A cabled hat unlike all the rest, this hat turns the twisty cables on their side, and pulls them apart with garter stitch. The result is a nicely shaped hat, very friendly to a bit of slouch (more or less depending on your gauge), which is fun and a bit odd-feeling to knit up! Onlookers may not believe you when you tell them you’re making a hat.

Something I love about this pattern is that it gradually gets quicker and easier to knit as you go, so while it feels kind of slow-going at the beginning, once you hit the halfway point it starts getting much faster to the finish line!

You’ll Need
  • 120-170 yards / 110-155 meters worsted or aran weight yarn
  • size US 6-8 (4-5mm) needles for working flat, or size to get gauge for small, medium, or large height

Gauge, in garter stitch (blocked):
  • small height: 20 sts, 33 rows per 4 inches / 10 cm
  • medium height: 18 sts, 31 rows per 4 inches / 10 cm
  • large height: 16 sts, 29 rows per 4 inches / 10 cm

Sizing
The three gauges, making three heights, will make for varying amounts of slouchiness.
  • small height = approx 8 inches / 20 cm
  • medium height = approx 8.5 inches / 21.5 cm
  • large height = approx 9 inches / 23 cm
Circumference can be adjusted and custom fit to your head. The pattern gives measurements for small/medium/large circumferences for each gauge option, and also give notes on customizing your size.

Extra Notes
  • The whole pattern is written and charted.
  • There are technique instructions and/or links to photo/video tutorials for all techniques used (provisional cast-on, cables, short rows).
  • The simple cables used are easy to work without a cable needle.
You will get a PDF (945KB) file

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