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
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Laura Aylor

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.

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