With size US 7 needles, cast on 50 sts. Rows 1-4: * K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Change to size US 9 needles.

Row 5 (RS): P2, inc 1, * k2, inc 1, k3, p3; rep from * to end of row (57 sts). Row 6: * K3, p6; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Work the cable chart (see Figure 11-13), being sure to begin and end each RS row with k3 and to begin and end each WS row with p3:

Row 7 (WS): * P3, work Row 1 of 6-st cable chart; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 8 (RS): * K3, work Row 2 of cable chart; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Figure 11-13:

6-stitch cable chart with key.

Figure 11-13:

6-stitch cable chart with key.

  • 6-stitch cable -
  • 6-stitch cable -

□ Knit on right side Purl on wrong side

BPurl on right side Knit on wrong side

6-stitch right cable

Slip next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, knit 3, knit 3 from cn

Continue working the chart as established.

Rep the cable chart pattern until the piece measures approximately 8 inches in length, ending with Row 4 (WS) of the pattern.

Note: When working with cables, try to begin and end on a flat part of the cable, between turning rows.

Next row (RS): * P3, k2, k2tog, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3 (51 sts).

Decreasing 1 st in each cable on the final row brings the fabric back to normal width.

Bind off, or if you want to seam your pieces together using the three-needle bind-off (refer to Chapter 16), run a piece of scrap yarn through the stitches to secure them.

Make a second piece to match the first.

Finishing: After you've knitted the pieces of your hat, follow these steps to finish it like a professional:

Gently block the squares. Cables are best blocked by using the wet-blocking method (refer to Chapter 16), which allows you to shape and mold the cable pattern.

Seam the top of the hat. Use backstitch or the three-needle bind-off covered in Chapter 16, and then steam the seam.

Sew up the side seams using mattress stitch and steam the seam.

Add the pompoms. Follow the instructions for using your pompom maker to make pompoms. You can make as many or as few as you like, in the same or different sizes. Leave enough of a tail on the pompoms to braid or twist into a cord. Using a tapestry needle, thread the cords to the inside of the hat and secure them in a seam.

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