Red Vine Cabled Beanie

Pattern Excerpt form Knockout Knit Hats and Hoods by Diane Serviss, Stackpole Books

An exercise in twists and turns, this hat is the perfect practice vehicle for knitting
cables. It is a one-skein, one-evening project that looks much more complicated
than it truly is. Knit in a stunning red, it is unisex and a great last-minute gift. Photos Copyright Gale Zucker Photography.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Circumference at brim band, unstretched: 18 in (46 cm); will fit head circumference of 20 to
23 in (50.5 to 58 cm) Length from brim edge to crown: 8 1/2 in (22 cm)

Materials

Yarn: 110 yd (101 m) bulky weight #5 yarn; shown knitted in #M080 Blue Blood Red, Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Bulky, 85% wool, 15% mohair, 125 yd (114 m) and 4 oz (113 g) per skein

Needles: One 16-in (40.5 cm) circular knitting needle, US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) or size needed to
obtain gauge. US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) set of 5 double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Stitch marker, Cable needle, Scissors, Yarn needle

Gauge: 15 sts x 18 rows in Cable Stitch Pattern = 4-in (10 cm) square

SPECIAL STITCHES

Right twist (RT): Insert the right needle into second stitch on the left needle knitwise. Wrap the working yarn around the right needle counterclockwise. Pull the working yarn through the stitch, leaving the stitch on the needle. Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle knitwise. Wrap the working yarn around the right needle counterclockwise. Pull the working yarn through the stitch, sliding both stitches off the left needle.

2 /2 right cross (2 /2 RC): Slip next 2 sts to cable needle, hold cable needle to back of work, knit 2 sts from main needle, knit 2 sts from cable needle.

PATTERN

Cable Stitch Pattern

Rnds 1–2: *K2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: *RT, p2, k4, p2, RT, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnds 4–5: *K2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnd 6: *RT, p2, 2 /2 RC, p2, RT, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around.

NOTE: Hat is worked in rounds from bottom edge to crown. Switch from circular needles to double-pointed needles when necessary during crown shaping.

Brim and Body

Using long-tail method and circular needles, CO 72 sts. Place a stitch marker between first and last sts and join in the round, being careful not to twist the cast-on row.

Rnds 1–30: Work entire Cable Stitch Pattern 5 times.

Crown Shaping

Rnds 1–2: *K2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: *RT, p2, k4, p2, RT, p2, k2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnd 4: *K2tog, p2, k2tog twice, p2, k2tog, p2, k2tog, p2; rep from * around—52 st.

Rnd 5: *K1, p2tog, k2tog, p2tog, k1, p2tog, k1, p2tog; rep from * around—32 sts.

Rnd 6: *K2tog; rep from * around—16 sts.

Rnd 7: *K2tog; rep from * around—8 sts.

Finishing

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-in (20.5 cm) tail. Thread yarn needle with end and pick up remaining
stitches on knitting needles. Pull tightly to close and secure end. Weave in yarn tails on inside of hat.

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