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A simple stocking cap with a pretty cabled band, this pattern is quick to knit up and would make a lovely gift or an easy first cabling project.

The turned-up brim makes this hat extra warm over the ears. The brim is knit first as a long strip and made into a circle, then stitches are picked up from the edge for the remainder of the hat and worked in the round.

model/photo: A. Virgiel

Adult S[M, L]
Circumference: 20.5[22, 23.5] inches


[MC] Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted [85% wool, 15% mohair, 190 yd/173m per 113g skein]; color: M-56 Clematis, 1 skein

1 set US #8/5mm double-pointed needles
1 16-inch US #8/5mm circular needle (optional)
1 set US #8/5mm straight needles (optional)
Cable needle
Tapestry needle



17 sts / 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch


Braided Cable

Adapted from The Complete Book of Stitchery, by Mildred Graves Ryan.

Row 1: K2, p2, k9, p2, k2.

Row 2: P2, k2, p9, k2, p2.

Row 3: K2, p2, sl next 3 sts onto cable needle leaving needle in front of work, k3, k 3 sts from cable needle, k3, p2, k2.

Row 4: Repeat second row.

Row 5: Repeat first row.

Row 6: Repeat second row.

Row 7: K2, p2, k3, sl next 3 sts onto cable needle leaving cable needle in back of work, k3, K3 sts from cable needle, p2, k2.

Row 8: Repeat second row.


Cabled Band

Using straight needles or two double-pointed needles, CO 17 sts with a provisional cast on. Work 16[17, 18] repetitions of Braided Cable pattern, ending final repetition on row 7 of pattern. Do not bind off. Unravel provisional cast on and graft [kitchener stitch] the two ends of the band together.

Hat Body

With wrong side of band facing and using circular or double-pointed needles, pick up 84[90, 96] sts from edge of band, approximately 2 sts for every 3 rows. Join and p 1 rnd.
Switch to St st and work even until piece measures 8.5[9, 9.5] in. from bottom edge of band.

Decrease for top as follows:

[If using circular needle, switch to double-pointed needles when decreases make circular needle unwieldy.]

Next round: K4, k2tog. Repeat.

K 1 rnd even.

Next round: K3, k2tog. Repeat.

K 1 rnds even.

Next round: K2, k2tog. Repeat.

K 1 rnd even.

Next round: K0[1, 0]. *K2tog. Repeat from * around.

K 1 rnd even.

Next round: K1[1, 0]. *K2tog. Repeat from * around.

Next round: K1[0, 0]. *K2tog. Repeat from * around.

Cut yarn, thread through remaining 6 sts, gather and tie off.




Weave in ends. Turn up cabled band and block.


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