Cabled Owl Hat

The Cabled Owl Hat is a detailed winter hat that’s worked up in a dusty blue. Luscious cables are woven throughout the hat, creating owl motifs around the whole circumference. This textured hat makes a perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Size: Baby (child, adult) to fit head circumference 14-16 (17-19, 20-23)”; Height = 6 ¾ (7 ½, 8)”; Shown in adult size

Gauge: 20 sts x 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Light Weight Yarn Bergere de France Pur merinos francais (100% merino; 131 yards [120 meters]/50 grams): Palmier (1 (1, 2) balls)
Needles: US size 7 (4.0 mm) 16” circular or dpns
Notions: Marker, cable needle, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

C4B: Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k2 from left needle, k2 from cable needle.
C4F: Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k2 from left needle, k2 from cable needle.

Pattern Notes

The hat is worked bottom up in the round.

Pattern

CO 80 (96,112) sts. Join to knit in the round taking care not to twist sts and pm to mark beg of rnd.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2, p3; rep from * to end.
Rep Rnd 1 five more times. Work Rnds 1 to 22 of owl motif from chart or written instructions.

Owl Motif Stitch Pattern

Rnd 1 (RS): *K2, C4B, k1, C4F, k2, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2 and all even rnds till Rnd 16: *K13, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 3: *C4B, k5, C4F, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnds 5, 7 and 9: *K13, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 11: *C4F, k5, C4B, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 13: *K2, C4F, k1, C4B, k2, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 15: *C4F, k5, C4B, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 17: *K2, C4F, p1, C4B, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnds 18 and 20: *K6, p1, K6, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 19: *K2, C4B, p1, C4F, k2, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 21: *C4B, k5, C4F, p3; rep from * to end.
Rnd 22: Knit.
Continue in st st till work measures 4.5 (5, 5)” from CO edge.

Decreases for Crown

Rnd 1: *K8 (10, 12), k2tog; rep from * to end. (72 (88, 104) sts)
Rnd 2 and all even rnds till Rnd 10: Knit.
Rnd 3: K7 (9, 11), k2tog; rep from * to end. (64 (80, 96) sts)
Rnd 5: K6 (8, 10), k2tog; rep from * to end. (56 (72, 88) sts)
Rnd 7: K5 (7, 9), k2tog; rep from * to end. (48 (64, 80) sts)
Rnd 9: K4 (6, 8), k2tog; rep from * to end. (40 (56, 72) sts)
Rnd 11: K3 (5, 7), k2tog; rep from * to end. (32, (48, 64) sts)
Rnd 12: K2 (4, 6), k2tog; rep from * to end. (24 (40, 56) sts)
Rnd 13: K1 (3, 5), k2tog; rep from * to end. (16 (32, 48) sts) 

Sizes Child and Adult Only
Rnd 14: K- (2, 4), k2tog; rep from * to end. (- (24, 40) sts)
Rnd 15: K- (1, 3), k2tog; rep from * to end. (- (16, 32) sts) 

Size Adult Only
Rnd 16: K- (-, 2), k2tog; rep from * to end. (- (-, 24) sts)
Rnd 17: K- (-, 1), k2tog; rep from * to end. (- (-, 16) sts) 

All Sizes
Rnd 18: *K2tog; rep from * to end. (8 sts)
Break yarn and draw cut end through rem sts and tighten. 

Finishing

Weave in ends and block lightly. yarn ball

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