Cate Cable Hat + Swatch

Cate features a decorative knotted tie which also gives the benefit of providing an adjustable and perfect fit. The knitting begins with the tie, worked flat in reverse stockinette stitch so it naturally curls inward. The ends are tapered for a graceful look.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size:  Small, Medium, Large (Piece is quite stretchy due to the garter stitch.)

Measurements: approximately 20 (21.5, 23)” / (50 (54, 58) cm) around.

Gauge: 20 sts per 4” (10cm) in garter st, after blocking.

Materials

Yarn:  Three Irish Girls Springvale DK / 8 ply, 100% Superwash Merino, 270 yds (247 m), 4oz. Colorway shown: Magnolia.

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) DPNs, 2 circulars, or magic loop,

Notions: Markers, cable needle (CN), tapestry needle.

Special Stitches

C16B: Cable 16 back; slip 8 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, knit next 8 sts, knit 8 sts from cable needle.

C16F: Cable 16 front; slip 8 stitches to cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next 8 sts, knit 8 sts from cable needle.

KLL (knit left loop): Insert left needle into left loop of stitch two rows below last completed stitch. Knit this stitch through the back loop (also called Left Lifted Increase).

KRL (knit right loop): Insert right needle into right loop of stitch just below next stitch; place it onto left needle and knit it; then knit the stitch on needle (also called Right Lifted Increase).

Cable Pattern

Rnd 1: K7, p2, k7.

Rnd 2: K2, p4, k1, p2, k1, p4, k2.

Rnds 3-6: Rep Rnds 1-2 twice.

Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 1.

Rnd 8: K2, p4, k4, p4, k2

Rnd 9: C16B

Rnd 10: K2, p4, k4, p4, k2.

Rnds 11-16: Rep Rnds 1-2, 3 times.

Rep these 16 rounds for cable pattern.

Swatch Pattern

Cast on 30 sts.

Knit 3 rows.

Row 1 (RS): K6, p1, k7, p2, k7, p1, k6.

Row 2: (WS): K2, p4, k1, p2, k4, p1, k2, p1, k4, p2, k1, p4, k2.

Rows 3-6: Rep Rows 1-2 twice.

Row 7: Rep Row 1.

Row 8: K2, p4, k1, p2, k4, p4, k4, p2, k1, p4, k2.

Row 9: K6, p1, C16B, p1, k6.

Row 10: Repeat Row 8.

Rows 11-16: Rep Rows 1-2, 3 times.

Rows 17-32: Rep these 16 rows.

Rows 33-36: Knit.

Bind off.

Pattern

Tie edging (worked flat in Reverse St St)

Cast on 126 (134, 142) sts.

Row 1 (WS): Knit

Row 2 (RS) and all even-numbered rows through Row 10: Purl

Row 3: *k1, m1; rep from * to ; once more, k to last 2 sts, *m1, k1; rep from * to ; once more. 130 (138, 146) sts

Row 5: as Row 3. 134 (142, 150) sts

Row 7: K1, k2tog, k2tog, k to last 5 sts, ssk, ssk, k1. 130 (138, 146) sts

Row 9: as Row 7. 126 (134, 142) sts

Row 11: Bind off 21 sts, k to end. 105 (113, 121) sts

Row 12: Bind off 21 sts, p to end. 84 (92, 100) sts

Row 13: Cast on 5 sts using Knitted Cast On, k to end. 89 (97, 105) sts

Row 14: Cast on 5 sts using Knitted Cast On, p to end. 94 (102, 110) sts

Body of Hat

Join sts to work in the round, using your preferred method of working in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. PM to mark beginning of round 4 sts to the right of where the 10 cast-on sts begin.

Setup Rounds:

Rnd 1: (p1, k1) 9 times, k to end of Rnd.

Rnd 2-3: as Rnd 1.

Begin Cable Pattern:

Rnd 4: P1, work Cable Pattern, beginning with Rnd 1, p1, PM, k to end of Rnd.

Rnd 5: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, sm, p to end of Rnd.

Rnd 6: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, sm, k to end of Rnd.

Rnds 7-44: Rep Rnds 5-6, following Cable Pattern as established.

Size M Only:

Rnds 45-52: Rep Rnds 5-6, following Cable Pattern as established.

Size L Only:

Rnds 45-58: Rep Rnds 5-6, following Cable Pattern as established.

Note: For Slouchy Version, work an additional 1-2” (2-5cm) in patt, ending with even-numbered round.

All Sizes:

Rep Rnd 5 once more, following Cable Pattern as established.

Decrease for Crown:

Rnd 1: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, sm, *k10, k2tog; rep from * to ; 5 (6, 6) more times, k4 (0, 8) sts. 88 (95, 103) sts

Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds through Rnd 10: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, sm, p to end of Rnd

Rnd 3: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, sm, *k9, k2tog; rep from * to ; 5 (6, 6) more times, k4 (0, 8) sts. 82 (88, 96) sts

Rnd 5: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, sm, *k3, k2tog; rep from * to ; 11 (13, 14) more times, k4 (0, 3) sts. 70 (74, 81) sts

Rnd 7: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, *k2, k2tog; rep from * to ; 12 (13, 14) more times, k0 (0, 3) sts. 57 (60, 66) sts

Rnd 9: P1, work Cable Pattern, p1, *k1, k2tog; rep from * to ; 12 (13, 15) more times,. 44 (46, 50) sts

Rnd 11: K2tog; rep to end of rnd. 22 (23, 25) sts

Rnd 12: K0 (1, 1), *k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 11 (12, 13) sts

Cut yarn, leaving 7-10” (18-25cm). Using yarn needle, draw yarn end through rem sts. Pull tight and sew in on WS.

Finishing

Weave in all loose yarn ends.

Block to measurements.

Tie 2 ends of Tie Edging into a knot, adjusting for proper size. If desired, sew the ties into an attractive position so they stay where you have arranged them.

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