Two hats and a ball of string

One of my biggest problems in life is my inability to say “no” – it’s an affliction that seems to plague the entire Arney family. Sometimes it leads to new an interesting experiences. And sometimes it leads to a lot of swearing. This is one of those times.

I was approached by Kathrin, the extremely lovely and gorgeous singer from Belleruche, to knit a hat. We met for posh coffee and she pulled a beige cabled beanie and a couple of balls of Rowan Cotton Glace out of her handbag. I sat there with a pen and paper, counting stitches and sketching cables.  Then I went away and created this:

Hat mark 1

It’s not an exact copy, but near enough.  I was extremely pleased with my handiwork. Unfortunately, when Kathrin tried it on it was too small.  Cue swearing.  Time to go back to the beginning:

Dammit.

One hat’s worth of yarn:

Waaaaaah. The death of a hat.

Finally, after switching to bigger needles and a bit of tweaking:

Much better

Here is the rough approximation of the pattern, more for my benefit than anyone else’s.  There’s a handy list of common knitting abbreviations and techniques on Knitty.

Kathrin’s Beanie

With 1 strand of Rowan Cotton Glace, cast on 60 sts with 5mm needle (small circular or dpns), join in the round and knit 15 rows.

Fold over work with right side facing out, pick up the first stitch in the cast-on hem and knit together with the live stitch on the needle. Repeat all the way round (this makes the folded hem).

Switch to 7mm needles and join another ball of Cotton Glace, knitting with 2 strands together.

Increase 1 in first stitch (knit into front and back of stitch), knit 8, increase 1 (knit into back then front of stitch), p2. Repeat this five times in total.

Increase 1 in first stitch (knit into front and back of stitch), knit 10, increase 1 (knit into back then front of stitch), p2. Repeat this five times in total.

Continue as above, increasing each round until there are 100sts in total (ie inc1, K16, inc1, p2).

(K18, p2) five times. Repeat this round once.

First cable round: K6, slip 6 sts on a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, k6 then k6 from cable needle, p2. Repeat this five times in total

(K18, p2) five times. Repeat this round 7 times in total.

Second cable round: Slip 6 sts on a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K6 then K6 from cable needle, K6, p2. Repeat this five times in total.

(K18, p2) five times. Repeat this round 7 times in total.

Third cable round: As for first cable round.

(K18, p2) five times. Repeat this round once more.

Start decreasing for top:

(SSK, K16, K2tog, p2) repeat five times in total.

(SSK, K14, K2tog, p2) repeat five times in total.

Continue decreasing in this way until there are 20 sts remaining.

(SSK, P2) five times – 10sts remain.

SSK five times. 5 sts remain – break off yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Weave in ends, or make Kathrin do it herself.

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5 responses to “Two hats and a ball of string

  1. Get you and your cabley skills! Very nice 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂
      Have you tried dpns yet?

      • Ummm, no, but I’ve just bought the wool to knit this: http://stephanieknits.blogspot.com/2007/03/keeping-boyfriends-ears-warm-since-2006.html
        for Dave for Christmas, and it starts on circular needles but then goes on to dpns. Eeek. Not started yet. There may be a few frantic emails for help coming your way soon 🙂

      • Good luck – that’s actually exactly the kind of thing I first learnt to use dpns on – starting with the base of the hat means you have a firm foundation.
        When you get to dpns, divvy the stitches up sensibly (rather than equally!) across the needles (ie multiples of ten, such as 30,30,40 if you started with 100st – if you look at your pattern the repeat is K3p2, but the decreases start in sets of ten sts. trust me, you really want to do it this way…), pull tight at the corners, and you’ll be fine 🙂
        Though you can probably get down to about 50-60sts just on a circular, so when you divide up the sts, just make sure that it’s in whole pattern repeats.
        Bamboo needles are slightly better than metal if you’re starting out, as they’re a bit grippier – helps when you get to the end and there’s only a couple of st on each needle – I find they sometimes have a tendency to fall out – cue swearing.

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