This hat and scarf set is worked up in a lightly variegated orange shade that will match the leaves all around you. The hat is slightly slouchy to provide a cozy fit and the scarf is wide and long enough to be wrapped around your neck. Both pieces are accented by a simple cable that ties the pieces together and makes this set your ideal one for fall.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: One size
Gauge: Gauge not necessary
Swan’s Island Worsted (100% organic merino wool; 250 yards [201 meters]/100 grams): Bittersweet (1 skein for hat, 2 skeins for scarf)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) and US size 8 (5.0 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Cable needle
Cbl ndl: Cable needle
Ssk: Slip, slip, knit
Pm: Place marker
C4F: Slip the next 2 stitches on the left-hand needle to the cable needle and hold the cable needle to the front of the work. Knit 2 stitches from the left-hand needle. Knit 2 stitches from the cable needle.
Check (Multiple of 2 sts x 4 rows)
Row 1: K all.
Rows 2, 4: K1, p1.
Row 3: P all.
Ribbed Cable 8 Front (8 sts, multiple of 8 rows)
Rows 1-7: (k1, p1) across 8 sts.
Row 8: Sl 4 sts onto cbl ndl and hold at front, k1, p1, k1, p1, from left hand ndl, k held sts from cbl ndl k1, p1, k1, p1.
1×1 Rib (Multiple of 2 sts)
Row 1: K1, p1.
Row 2: P1, k1.
Using US 6 needles and a tubular cast on, CO 120 sts. P1 so that the first st of the rnd is a knit st, pm, join for working in the round. Work in 1×1 rib for 2”.
Switch to US 8 needles. Set up hat body as follows: work 8 sts in ribbed cable, work 16 sts in check, pm. Repeat 4 more times, omitting the marker placement on the last section. (5 sections of 24 sts)
Work rows 5-8 of chart followed by 2 complete repeats of the entire chart, followed by rows 1-4 of chart. (24 rnds completed)
Dec Rnd: Work cable as for chart, work check as (k2tog, p2tog) across all sts. (40 sts dec, 80 sts rem)
Work 7 rnds even in patt as est. Work dec rnd as est. (20 sts dec, 60 sts rem)
Work 7 rnds even in patt as est. Work dec rnd as est, stopping at last st. (10 sts dec, 50 sts rem)
Next Rnd: *ssk, (p1, k1) 3x, p2tog,* rep from * to * around. (10 sts dec, 40 sts rem)
Next Rnd: K1, p1 around.
Dec Rnd: Ssk all sts. (20 sts dec, 20 sts rem)
Cable rnd: C4F across all sts.
Cut a 12” tail of yarn, weave tail through all live sts and through the first st a second time, tie off yarn. Weave ends and block.
Using US 6 needles and a tubular cast on, CO 40 sts.
Switch to US 8 needles, work 2” in 1×1 rib, slipping first and last sts of RS rows pwise.
RS: Begin working as for chart, 20 sts check, 8 sts cable, 12 sts 1×1 rib, starting with chart row 8 and continuing to sl first and last sts throughout. Continue in patt as est until scarf reaches 60” or 2-3” short of desired finished length ending with row 8 of the chart.
Work 2” in 1×1 rib.
Using US 6 needles, bind off using tubular BO. Weave ends and block lightly without stretching the rib.
Note: if using an alternate cast on or bind off, use the same size needles as the body of the scarf to prevent the edges from being too tight. The looser nature of the tubular CO/BO needs a smaller needle to prevent a flare at the edge.