Correlation & Causation
Ok, let’s get this out of the way right up front. They’re reversible!
They’re reversible, and not just in the ‘looks the same on both sides’ sort of way. They look totally different (and, if I may say so, totally awesome) on both sides. Which, if I’m being honest, absolutely fills me with glee! Because how can you not like getting two totally different looks from the same piece.
For you, who are no doubt more fashionable and more organized than I am, this means you get to decide which side you like best and show that one off. For me? Well for me it means I can yank my hat or mitts out of my coat pocket and put them on on the way to the mailbox and not worry about talking to my neighbor for ten minutes with my clothes on inside out (again, this is not something that would happen to you, because you totally have your act together and would never face that problem).
And no, no before you ask it isn’t any harder to work reversible cables than it is to work regular cables. The process is exactly the same. Set some stitches aside, work some other stitches, then work the ones you set aside. It’s just, if you set the right stitches aside, you end up with something that looks like you did a magic trick when you’re done.
And who knows, maybe you did!
This 20-page pattern includes patterns for both the hat and the mitts. (The patterns are only available together as a set, they are not available individually.) Please note, the patterns are reversible, so some of the photos show one side and some show the other!
Skills & scope
These are pretty much exactly what I want in a project. Fun and easy with just enough going on to hold my attention, but not so much they feel hard! The cables do all the work. No really, just sit back, follow the chart, and let them do their magic. The hardest part will be deciding which side you want to show off when you wear them!
The pattern uses charts, so you will need to know how to follow a knitting chart.
Yarn, gauge & sizing
The hat comes in four sizes (from a 112 stitch cast on to a 154 stitch cast on), and the mitt in three (from a 42 stitch cast on to a 56 stitch cast on) and both are written for five gauges (from five and a half to seven and a half stitches per inch in half stitch increments). That means you can use just about any weight of yarn from fingering up through worsted, and there will be a size to fit pretty much anyone's head or wrist. Basically anything that will give you a fabric with a drape you like somewhere in that range of gauges will work.
The hat in the pictures took about 200 yards of dk-weight yarn, and the mitts took about 175 yards. If you're working with thinner yarn, 250 yards for the hat and 225 for the mitts is a safer bet.
Tools & supplies
You’ll need needles that let you work in the round (circulars or DPNs) in whatever size lets you get a solid fabric with your chosen yarn plus the general knitting tools you need for most projects (scissors to cut your yarn, a darning needle to weave in ends, a cable needle if you like to use those for cables, the occasional stitch marker or bit of scrap yarn to hold stitches).