Sophora cabled hat - knitting pattern

Sophora was our 7th annual Mystery-Hat-along! Delicate false cables adorn the body of this Hat, which comes in both slouchy and beret versions.

The slouchy features a gentle gather crown; the beret features the same soft stitch pattern, reflecting that of the body.

Skills required: 
Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, provisional cast-on, cables, joining live sts

 31 sts x 42 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.5mm needles over St.St. 
 30 sts x 39 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.5mm needles over Stitch Pattern


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 15.5 (18, 21.5, 24) in/39.5 (45.75, 54.5, 61) cm (Finished size 13 (15.5, 18, 20.75) in/32.75 (39.25, 45.75, 52.5) cm)
  • Written & charted instructions; illustrated tutorials for Provisional Cast-on & Joining Live sts

Materials you need at home:

  • Slouchy 148 (213, 279, 367) yd/136 (195, 256, 336) m 4ply, fingering or sock weight, plied yarn (Beret version shown in Dream in Color Smooshy (450yd/411m per 113g; 100% Merino); Slouchy version shown in Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4ply (437yd/400m per 100g; 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere))

  • Beret 174 (240, 313, 420) yd/159 (219, 286, 385) m yarn

  • 35yd/32m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.

  • Set 2.5mm/UK--/US 1½ DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Cable needle as necessary

  • 3yd/3m waste yarn

  • 2.5mm crochet hook

  • Tapestry needle
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