ERRORS IN ORIGINAL PATTERN!
- If you downloaded this pattern before 10/22/2012, please change the increase row after ribbing from (k7, kfb) to (k6, kfb). This will give you the correct number of stitches. Sorry for the error! Any downloads since 10/22/2012 have the revised pattern and need to make no changes.
- If you downloaded this pattern before 11/03/2012, please change the instructions for “Cable 6 Front” and “Cable 4 Front” from P3/P2 to K3/K2. Any downloads since 11/03/2012 have the revised pattern and need to make no changes.
- Worsted weight yarn (Lion Brand Yarn – Vanna’s Choice in “Mustard”)
- Size 7US (4.5mm) dpn’s
- Size 9US (5.5mm) 16” circular needle
- Size 9US (5.5mm) dpn’s
- Cable Needle
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch Marker
- Row Counter
- dpn’s: double pointed needles
- k: knit
- p: purl
- sts: stitches
- kfb: knit in front and back of stitch
- Cable 6 Back: Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, K3 from left-hand needle, then knit the 3 sts from cable needle
- Cable 6 Front: Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, P3 from left-hand needle, then knit the 3 sts from cable needle
- Cable 4 Back: Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, K2 from left-hand needle, then knit the 2 sts from cable needle
- Cable 4 Front: Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, P2 from left-hand needle, then knit the 2 sts from cable needle
4-4.5 sts = 1” (in Stockinette Stitch)
Using smaller dpn’s, cast on 112 sts. (Place marker.)
Work 7 rows in 1×1 rib. (k1, p1)
Switch to circular needle and work one increase row as follows: *k6, kfb* repeat around (128 sts)
Rows 1-2: *p4, k12* repeat around
Row 3: *p4, cable 6 back, cable 6 front* repeat around
Rows 4-8: *p4, k12* repeat around
Repeat rows 3-8 six more times. (40 pattern rows)
Work rows 3-6 once more.
Row 1: *(p2tog) twice, k1, k2tog, k1, (k2tog) twice, k1, k2tog, k1* repeat around (80 sts)
Row 2: *p2, k8* repeat around
Row 3: *p2, cable 4 back, cable 4 front* repeat around
Row 4: *p2, k8* repeat around
Row 5: *p2tog, (k2tog) 4 times* repeat around (40 sts)
Row 6: *p1, k4* repeat around
Row 7: *p1, (k2tog) twice* repeat around (24 sts)
Row 8: *p1, k2* repeat around
Row 9: *k2tog* repeat around (12 sts)
Break off yarn, leaving an 8-10” tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread end through the active stitches on the needle. Pull tight and secure on the inside (wrong side) of hat. Weave in any remaining ends. Hat should look like the picture to the right at this point.
Soak hat in warm water for 20-30 minutes. Stretch hat around a salad plate (or other mostly flat circular object approx 8.5” in diameter), as shown in the pictures below, and allow to dry completely. (Don’t worry if there is a slight crease once it’s dried, that will smooth out with wear.) This keeps the hat from taking on a ribbed appearance (because of the purl stitches between the cables) and will ultimately give it the slouchy shape you’re looking for.