We’re expecting snow and bad weather to arrive this afternoon where I live. And we’re told that it will be a hard winter. The worst for years. Apart from all the doom and gloom news around winter, there is a real need to wrap up warm to prevent vulnerable boy ears from snapping off from lack of warmth. So I wanted to design something fun, warming and adaptable. Here it is.
It’s a really easy knit with chunky yarn – three rows of cables (I can’t think Winter Knits without Cables) to add support and elasticity, knitted across the head (rather than from temple to crown) in a straight line and closed with an i-cord/chain row which can be threaded through at a height in the material to suit the head-shape. And of course, I couldn’t resist the pompoms for fun.
I was so taken with the speed of the project and the way it turned out, I made one for myself!
My son is modelling of course, but it is the same principle. I choose a marled green yarn (believe me, it is moss green nothing like the photo) and knitted it together with a green/gold thread as I love sparkles. Plus this way, I’m reflective so I can be seen in the dark!
For this pattern you will need 150g of bulky yarn of your choice (best not to pick a thin to thick or textured variety as the cables will get lost with the yarn) and knitting needles to get the correct gauge and cable needles (CN). I didn’t actually use cable needles as with chunky yarn it’s easy just to drop the required number of stitches and then pick them up again. It’s a personal preference.
Gauge: 10 stitches by 13 rows = 10cm x 10 cm in stocking stitch on size 10mm needles.
Cast on 38 stitches
Row 1 K4, p2, k8, p2, k4. p2, k16
Row 2 and all even Rows P16, k2, p4, k2, p8, k2, p4.
Row 3 Place 2 stitches on CN and hold at front, k2, k2 from CN, p2, place 4 stitches on CN and hold at front, k4, k4 from CN, p2, place 2 stitches on CN hold at front, k2, k2 from CN, p2, k16.
Row 5 Repeat Row 1
Row 7 Place 2 stitches on CN and hold at front, k2, k2 from CN, p2, k8, p2, place 2 stitches on CN hold at front, k2, k2 from CN, p2, k16.
Row 9 Repeat Row 1
Row 11 Repeat Row 3
Continue repeating Rows 4 to 11 until work measures about 55cms (or the circumference of the head of the person you’re knitting for!).
Cast off in pattern.
Join two ends so that the cables match.
Make an i-cord or just chain some stitches creating a cord of about 110cms. Thread cord through the top of the hat ( the stocking stitch part) close to the edge. You can reduce the overall size of the hat by threading the cord further down if you wish. This is a personal preference. Tie cord with a bow and add pompoms if you like.
There is no need to sew the top of the hat together, as you pull the cord tight, the hat is totally closed up.
And the cable edging and other two rows of cabled adds elasticity without having to do ribbing. I’ve photographed the join here, just to show you that it is possible to do a reasonably seamless looking join.
It would have been slightly better to show you the boy version of the hat as the colours photograph better, but that hat has already grown legs and is in a playground somewhere. I hope this one will be able to go and join it soon. Perhaps at the weekend. And here is a photo of it outside, showing its true colours.
Hope you enjoy making and wearing it!