Gearing up for fall around my house means a new batch of hats gets underway. I like practical items that would look pleasing no matter the wardrobe of the day. Neutral tones lend themselves splendidly to the upcoming season. The horseshoe cable hat depicts one wide cable that is comprised of of two cables, one left leaning cable and one rightleaning cable. Placing both cables next to each other creates a wider cable. The design adds a special touch with a buttonband around the forehead.
A great introductory pattern to cables. One side cable introduces you to left and right leaning cables to create a gorgeous wide cable. The hat is mainly worked in stockinette with a side cable that will allow you to practice the cabling technique.
Knitting Loom: Sample was worked on All-n-One knitting loom (86 pegs for adult female. ).
Yarn: Approx 150 yds of worsted weight Extra Fine Merino Wool. Sample was knit using Berroco Pure Merino in color 8570 (1.5 skeins).
Other: ¾ inch decorative button
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle, 2 stitch/peg markers, regular sewing needle and thread (to match yarn).
Gauge: 22 sts x 32 rows=4 inch square
Size: Sample fits a head of up to 19.5 inches around. Hat depth is 7 ¾ inches.
If gauge is not the same, hat may come out too large or too small. Please check gauge before starting project. If row gauge is not accurate, simply work more rounds or less rounds to achieve the desired hat depth. If stitch gauge is not accurate, simply work less or more stitches at the beginning of each round (in the area where it says k64).
C4F=Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front of the work, k 2sts from the loom and move them to the empty pegs (opened up by placing the stitches on the cable needle), then k2 from cable needle and place these stitches on the empty pegs.
C4B =Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back of the work, k 2sts from the loom and move them to the empty pegs (opened up by placing the stitches on the cable needle), then k2 from cable needle and place these stitches on the empty pegs.
Cast on 86 pegs, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1: p to the end.
Row 2: k to the end.
Row 3: p to the end.
Row 4: k to the end.
Row 5: p to the end.
Row 6: k to the end.
Row 7: Bind off 6 sts at the beginning of the row. P to the end. (80 sts remain)
Place a stitch marker on pegs 65 and 80. The Double Cable will take place over 16 pegs (from peg 65-80).
The hat will be worked in the round from this point forward.
Round 1: k64, p4, k8, p4
Round 2: k64, p4, C4B, C4F, p4.
Round 3-8: k64, p4, k8, p4
Repeat Rounds 1-8: 6 more times. (On the 6th time, stop at Round 4).
Bind off with gather removal method.
With the aid of the tapestry needle, adjust the cable stitches so they look nice and tight. Pull any yarn slack to the wrong side of the hat and with needle and thread, sew the yarn slack in place.
Block lightly. Weave in all ends.
Sew the button band flap to the hat brim. Add a button to the button band flap as decoration.