Fabales beanie hat - knitting pattern

Fabales grew from my desire to knit a Hat that would showcase a special skein of yarn but also have just enough detail to catch the eye. The motifs grow organically from a twisted rib into a background of reverse stocking stitch.

This is a quick knit, perfect for a long train journey or languid summer nights. Choose that special skein with care.

Skills required: Knit & purl sts, specialist cast-on, increases & decreases, knitting in the round, lace

Pattern contents: Written & charted instructions; illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable & Cable cast-ons


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 17 (19, 21.5, 23) in/ 43.25 (48.25, 54.5, 58.5) cm
  • illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable & Cable cast-ons

Materials you need at home:

  • 94 (112, 141, 172) yd/86 (103, 128, 157) m Aran weight yarn (sample shown in Ginger Twist Studio Sheepish Aran)
  • 27yd/25m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.
  • Set 4mm/UK8/US6 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker as necessary
  • Tapestry needle
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