Ten Cable Hat

I decided to expand my knitting repertoire by teaching myself how to knit cables (well simple cables at least maybe I’ll tackle harder ones when I have my brain back.) I did this with socks a few months ago, but sort of ran out of steam after one toddler pair and half an adult pair (I have a hard time finishing when I don’t know what I am going to do with the item and I just can’t picture myself wearing the socks I started.)

I saw this pattern on a blog I read and it looked super cute and easy to make, so I thought I would start cabling with this. So far I made one newborn hat in some crap worsted weight yarn, just to see if I could. I decided that there was one (major) change I wanted to make for the “real thing” and I need to get some softer yarn. If only the local yarn shop were open on Monday’s life would be good. Oh well, I guess I will have to put this off until next year (he he – I love say things like that at this time of year.) Of course, when I am done with the hat for the new baby I will have to figure out how to make this patter big enough for a hat for Chanler too. The first thing he said when he saw me knitting yesterday was “Mommy, you making a hat for me?”

Original Pattern

Instructions for Ten-Cable Hat:

Size: Newborn

Supplies: One skein Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Needles: US8 DPNS
Cable needle (or an extra DPN)
Tapestry needle (for finishing)

Changes: 1) Switch the order of starting cables, so that you decrease first on the cables started first.
2) Insert an extra cable row at R26

Pattern:
CO 80 sts, pm, and join to work in the round.

Work 6 rounds of 2×2 ribbing. (Or 1×1, if you prefer.)

R 7-9: *K6, P2* around
R 10: *C6F, P2, K6, P2* around
R 11-13: *K6, P2*
R 14: *K6, P2, C6F, P2*
R 15-17: *K6, P2*
R 18: *C6F, P2, k6, P2*
R 19-21: *K6, P2*
R 22: *K6, P2, C6F, P2*
R 23-25: *K6, P2*
R 26: *C6F, P2, K6, P2*

Now, the decrease rows start . . .

R 27: *SSK, K2, K2tog, P2, K6, P2* (70 sts)
R 28: *K4, P2, K6, P2*
R 29: *SSK, K2tog, P2, C6F, P2* (60 sts)
R 30: *K2, P2, K6, P2*
R 31: *K2tog, P2, K6, P2* (55 sts)
R 32: *K1, P2, K6, P2*
R 33: *K1, P2tog, K6, P2tog* (45 sts)
R 34: *K1, P1, SSK, K2, K2tog, P1* (35 sts)
R 35: *K1, P1, SSK, K2tog, P1* (25 sts)
R 36: *K1, P1, K2tog, P1* (20 sts)
R 37: *K2tog* (10 sts)

Pull yarn through remaining sts with a tapestry needle. Pull through to inside, and weave in all ends.

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