The companion hat to the Apfelwein cowl. The same cables-over-ribbing stitch pattern is used to give texture and stretch. Bulky yarn means it knits up quickly and no blocking is necessary.
The cables require a couple of steps but are not difficult. Instructions for working cables with and without a cable needle are given.
Finished measurements: 45.5 cm in circumference (unstretched), stretching up to 58.5 cm; 20.5 cm deep
Gauge: 13 stitches and 18 rounds to 10 cm in stockinette; 16 stitches and 20 rounds to 4 inches in cable pattern (see swatching instructions)
Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.
- Knitting pattern for companion hat to the Apfelwein cowl
- Charts included
- Suitable for advanced beginners
Materials you need at home:
- 95 m of bulky-weight yarn. Sample was knit in Dragonfly Fibers Super Traveller (superwash merino)
- 6.5 mm/US 10.5 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need 60 cm or shorter circulars to start, and DPNs, two circulars, or whatever you prefer for knitting small circumferences
- Stitch marker
- Cable needle (optional)
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and closing off top of hat
If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!
I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.