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The Cabled Dad Hat was inspired by my own father's desire for a basic, but classy winter hat. Admittedly, after making the hat for him, I loved it so much that I wore it for a week before handing it over. The hat looks great with the brim folded up for a classic look, or unfolded so the back of the hat slouches down.
The hat is worked circularly from the bottom up. The patterning on the hat consists of a combination of seed stitch, ribbing, and easy twisted-stitch cables. The pattern is worked from a chart.
Suggested: worsted weight 10ply
Pictured: Rowan Lima 84% baby alpaca, 8% merino wool, 8% Nylon, Color #880, 50g: 120 yds; 2 balls (180 yds used)
Ribbing: US size 6 (4 mm): 16” circular needles or set of double pointed needles (dpns)
Hat: US size 7 (4.5 mm): set of double pointed needles (dpns)
Adjust needle size to obtain stitch gauge.
24 sts and 34 rows = 4” in chart A pattern on larger needles
9.5” total length
The hat is modeled here on a 22" head, but fits heads from 21" - 24.5".
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Q: Is there a way to knit this hat with all the same needles?
A: Yes, you can use the larger needles for the whole hat if you just cast-on about 10% fewer stitches than what is called for in the pattern. You should be warned though, that If you knit the ribbing with a larger needle, it won’t look quite the same as what you see in the picture.
Q: Looking at the gauge and the number of stitches, it seems like the fabric would be very dense for a worsted weight yarn. Is the yarn actually a DK weight yarn?
A: No, the pattern is correct. The Rowan Lima is a worsted weight yarn. The yarn is definitely on the fluffy side though, so the resulting fabric with the 5mm needles came out very light with a nice drape. You could certainly substitute a dense DK yarn and get a similar result. Just make sure you get the correct gauge.
Q: I'm having trouble blocking this hat so it slouches nicely like yours does in your picture. Any advice?
A: The slouchiness of the hat is mostly due to the hand of the yarn, and less to do with how you block it. In other words the combination of yarn type and stitch gauge can greatly affect the drape of the fabric that you produce. If you're using a different yarn than suggested in the pattern, you will most certainly get a different result. If your hat is too stiff, wet-blocking with a rinse-less wool soap can help soften it a bit.