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Icy Rose Beaded Winter Hat

This lovely hat features an all-over cable pattern that is embellished with seed beads for extra glamor. The project begins with a tubular cast-on for a polished look. After joining in the round, 1×1 ribbing is worked for approximately 4 inches to create a foldable brim, then the ribbing smoothly transitions into the beaded cable pattern. A small crochet hook is used to place a bead at the center of each cable, so there is no need to pre-string any beads in advance (and the design may of course be worked without any beads as well). The cables are an adaptation of Barbara Walker’s “Coin Cables” motif, modified to be worked with twisted stitches and left-crosses. The crown shaping of the hat uses strategic decreases to continue the cabling on a smaller scale. The size of the hat can easily be modified by adjusting the number of pattern repeats in each round or by working additional vertical repeats for a longer, slouchier hat, if desired.

Time: 1 Week Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 20″ [51 cm] circumference x 8″ [20 cm] height (11″ [28 cm] height with brim unfolded)

Gauge: 29 sts and 36 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in beaded cable st pattern on larger needles

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (100% polyester; 218 yards [199 meters]/100 grams): 101A Pink (2 balls)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 16″ circular needles

US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16″ circular needles and DPNs

Notions: Marker(s), 2 cable needles, 240 6/0 glass seed beads, 1mm steel crochet hook, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

CCC – coin cable cross

PB – place bead and then knit stitch without twisting

DCC – decreasing cable cross

TDD – twisted double decrease

Special Stitches

Coin Cable Cross – Sl1 to cn and hold at front of work, sl3 to cn and hold at back of work, k1tbl, sl3 central sts back to left needle and k3, k1tbl from cn

Decreasing Cable Cross – Sl1 to cn and hold at front of work, sl3 to cn and hold at back of work, k1tbl, sl3 central sts back to left needle and (sl1 kwise, k1, pass third st over central st, psso), k1tbl from cn (decreases from 5 to 3 sts)

Twisted Double Decrease – Sl1 pwise, k1, twist third st, pass third st over central st, psso (decreases from 3 sts to 1 st)

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up.

To modify the circumference of the hat, change the number of cast-on sts by any multiple of 12. To modify the height of the hat, work a shorter or longer brim, or work fewer or additional repeats of the Beaded Cables stitch pattern as desired.

The chainette construction of the suggested yarn makes it compatible with 6/0 seed beads because it can compress to fit through the beads’ holes. If substituting a different worsted-weight yarn with a plied construction, it may be necessary to switch to larger beads as well.

The sample hat was worked with a 20-gram tube of Miyuki 6/0 round seed beads in the color Ivory Pearl Ceylon. If modifying the hat to work additional repeats, a second tube of beads will likely be necessary.

Pattern

Folded Brim (1×1 Ribbing)

Using a tubular method, CO 144 sts. Pm to indicate BOR and join to work in the rnd without twisting.

Rnd 1: With smaller needles, (k1, p1) around.

Rep Rnd 1 for 4″ [10 cm].

Body (Beaded Cables)

Switch to larger needles. Work from Beaded Cables (Body) chart or written instructions as follows:

Rnd 1: (K1tbl, k3, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 2: (CCC, p1, k1tbl, k1, PB, k1, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnds 3-4: Rep Rnd 1.

Rnd 5: (K1tbl, k1, PB, k1, k1tbl, p1, CCC, p1) around.

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 1.

Rep Rnds 1-6 seven more times.

Crown

Work from Beaded Cables (Crown) chart or written instructions as follows:

Rnd 1: (K1tbl, k3, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 2: (CCC, p1, k1tbl, k1, PB, k1, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnds 3-4: Rep Rnd 1.

Rnd 5: (K1tbl, k1, PB, k1, k1tbl, p1, DCC, p1) around. (120 sts)

Rnd 6: (K1tbl, k3, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 7: (K1tbl, k3, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, PB, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 8: (DCC, p1, k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, p1) around. (96 sts)

Rnd 9: (K1tbl, k1, k1tbl, p1, TDD, p1) around. (72 sts)

Rnd 10: (K1tbl, PB, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 11: (K1tbl, k1, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 12: (TDD, p1, k1tbl, p1) around. (48 sts)

Rnd 13: (K1tbl, p1) around.

Rnd 14: K2togtbl around. (24 sts)

Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 14. (12 sts)

Break yarn, leaving a long tail.

Thread tail onto tapestry needle and pull through 12 rem sts, cinching tightly to close.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Wash and block.


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