Last Night I Dreamt : - First Fall 2019

Last Night I Dreamt

Last Night I Dreamt, a free knitting pattern from Free knitting pattern for a cabled/ribbed hat that looks good on both sides.


Last Night I Dreamt

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"Last Night I Dreamt I went to Manderley again..." So begins a book I've loved since the age of 10, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The story has haunted me through re-reads and film and miniseries versions, mediocre and spectacular "sequels" and reimaginings, and a print I found in an antique store in Florida. The moment I spotted it, and in contradiction to the artist's intent, I gasped, "That's Manderley."

I had a similar shock when designing this hat. Initially envisioned as a blend between cables and beaded ribbing, it caused me to gasp again when I turned it inside out and found an even more intriguing pattern on the "wrong" side. I realized I had waves on the outside and rocks on the inside, evoking the Cornish coast of Rebecca's Manderley.

Knit from the bottom up in the round, this hat is designed for five sizes with both charted and written instructions. It's very stretchy, so choose a size with 2-4 ins/5-10 cm negative ease. Waves or rocks: which side you wear on the outside is up to you.

spacer model + photos: Mary Hull

Print Essentials Print Everything


XXS[XS, S, M, L, 1X]
Shown in size L with 4.75 inches/12 cm of negative ease


Circumference: 9.75[11.5, 13.5, 15.5, 17.25, 19.5] inches/ 25[29, 34, 39, 44, 50] cm
Depth: 5[5.75, 6.5, 7.25, 8.25, 9.25] inches/ 13[15, 16.5, 18, 21, 23.5] cm


spacer Dream in Color Yarns City [100% superwash merino wool; 200 yd/183 m per 4 oz/113 g skein]; color: Bedtime; 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2] skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer For all sizes: US #6/4mm needles for working small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circular for magic loop, or 1 small circular

For first two sizes only:
spacer US #4/3.5mm needles for working small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circular for magic loop, or 1 small circular

For all but first two sizes:
spacer US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 16 inch/40cm
spacer US #6/4mm16 inch/40cm

spacer Cable needle, yarn needle, stitch markers


19 sts/27 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch
29 sts/28 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in charted pattern stitch using larger needles


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

The two smallest sizes are worked entirely on your preferred small-circumference method: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars, etc. All other sizes should be worked on 16 inch/40 cm circular needle, changing only to small-circumference method during the Crown decrease.

4/1 RPC: slip next stitch to cable needle, and hold in back of work; k4, then p1 from cable needle
4/1 LPC: slip next 4 stitches to cable needle, and hold in front of work; p1, then k4 from cable needle.
3/1 RPC: slip next stitch to cable needle, and hold in back of work; k3, then p1 from cable needle
3/1 LPC: slip next 3 stitches to cable needle, and hold in front of work; p1, then k3 from cable needle.
CDD: Slip 2 sts together as if to k2tog, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over st just worked. 2 sts decreased.



Body Pattern
Worked over 14 sts.
Round 1: P2, 4/1 RPC, 4/1 LPC, p2.
Round 2: (P2, k1) 4 times, p2.
Round 3: P1, 4/1 RPC, p2, 4/1 LPC, p1.
Round 4: P1, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, p1.
Round 5: 4/1 RPC, p4, 4/1 LPC.
Round 6: K1, p2, k1, p6, k1, p2, k1.
Round 7: K4, p6, k4.
Round 8: Repeat Round 6.
Round 9: 4/1 LPC, p4, 4/1 RPC.
Round 10: Repeat Round 4.
Round 11: P1, 4/1 LPC, p2, 4/1 RPC, p1.
Round 12: Repeat Round 2.
Round 13: P2, 4/1 LPC, 4/1 RPC, p2.
Round 14: P3, (k1, p2, k1) twice, p3.
Round 15: P3, k8, p3.
Round 16: Repeat Round 14.

Crown A
Round 1: P3, (k1, p2tog, k1) twice, p3. 12 sts per repeat.
Round 2: P2, 3/1 RPC, 3/1 RPC, p2.
Round 3: P2tog, (k1, p1) 2 times, (p1, k1) 2 times, p2tog. 10 sts per repeat.
Round 4: 3/1 RPC, p2, 3/1 RPC.
Round 5: K1, p1, k1, p2tog 2 times, k1, p1, k1. 8 sts per repeat.
Round 6: K3, p2, k3.
Round 7: CDD, p2, CDD. 4 sts per repeat.
Round 8: Ssk, k2tog. 2 sts per repeat.
Round 9: K2tog around.

Crown B
Round 1: K1, p2tog, k1, p6, k1, p2tog, k1. 12 sts per repeat.
Round 2: 3/1 LPC, p4, 3/1 RPC.
Round 3: (P1, k1) 2 times, p2tog 2 times, (k1, p1) 2 times. 10 sts per repeat.
Round 4: P1, 3/1 LPC, 3/1 RPC, p1.
Round 5: P2tog, (k1, p1, k1) twice, p2tog. 8 sts per repeat.
Round 6: P1, k6, p1.
Round 7: P1, CDD 2 times, p1. 4 sts per repeat.
Round 8: K2tog, ssk. 2 sts per repeat.
Round 9: K2tog around.


Using your favorite stretchy method and smaller needles, CO 70[84, 98, 112, 126, 140] sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round. Note or mark start of round.

Round 1: [(K1, p2) 2 times, k2, (p2, k1) 2 times] around.
Work ribbing as set until brim measures 1.5[1, 0.75, 1.25, 1, 1.25] ins/ 3.75[2.5, 2, 3.25, 2.5, 3] cm.

Switch to larger needles.

Body round: Work Body Pattern around.
Work until you have completed Rounds 1-16 1[1, 2, 2, 3, 3] times. For Size XS only, work Rnds 1-7 once more.

Note: For larger sizes, change to needles for small circumference when hat gets too small to work on circular needle.

Crown round: Work Crown Pattern A[B, A, A, A, A] around.

When decreases complete, 5[6, 7, 8, 9, 10] sts rem. Cut yarn. Pull tail through remaining stitches and pull tight.


Block by soaking the hat thoroughly in room temperature water. Gently squeeze (don't wring!) out the excess water; you may also roll it up in a dry towel and press to squeeze out excess water. Either lay flat to dry after a gentle shaping or blow up a balloon to about the size of the recipient's head and use it as a form for the hat to dry. Once the hat is completely dry, carefully weave in ends so that they are hidden so the hat will be reversible. Use a method where you follow the path of the knitted yarn, and bury the end in a thick part of the cable so that the end is less likely to pop out.


designername Mary Hull hosts the Kino Knits podcast, which, like her Kino Knits knitting design line, aims to take knitters along guided but exciting adventures to unusual places through the Knitting on Safari segment. One of her favorite things is to spotlight indie fiber businesses, be it through collaborations like her Point/Counterpoint series or podcast interviews. Her goal is to help process knitters create beautiful projects. That, and to keep her family wrapped in stylish warm woolies.

Find her on Ravelry.

Pattern & images © 2019 Mary Hull.