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Purple Haze Knit Hat

By: Kristina Kittelson for AllFreeKnitting.com
Purple Haze Knit Hat
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Whether youre just learning how to cable or have been cabling since before you can remember, the Purple Haze Knit Hat is a nice, easy cabled hat pattern that will suit any person, man or woman, in the impending frost. The gorgeous Malabrigo Merino Worsted Yarns tonal colorway is matched only by its softness. The cables in this easy knit hat pattern make it run a bit tight for a snug, ear-warming fit, but the knit beanie pattern can be knit with an extra cable repeat for a larger size or looser fit. These hats also make great, fast Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

For larger sizes, cast on additional sts in multiples of 12 and follow instructions as given with extra repeats.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

GaugeAbout 18 sts per 4” (10 cm) in 2x2 rib stitch

Finished Size11.5” (29 cm) tall, 5.5” (14 cm) wide, 4.5” (11.4 cm) in diameter, unstretched. Fits medium-sized woman’s head snugly.

Materials List

  • 1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted Yarn in Purple Magic
  • 1 cable needle or spare double-pointed needle
  • 1 Lion Brand PomPom (optional)
  • 1 tapestry needle
  • 1 stitch marker

BRIM

CO 81 sts longtail, join in round by knitting first and last stitch together. 80 sts.
 
k2, p2 around for 2 inches (5.1 cm).
 
Set up round: *p3, k9; rep 5 times. *p3, kfb, k5, kfb; rep 2 times. 84 sts.

BODY

Rounds 1-2: *p3, k9; rep 7 times.
 
Round 3: *p3, c6b, k3; rep 7 times.
 
Rounds 4-6: As round 1
 
Round 7: *p3, k3, c6f; rep 7 times
 
Round 8: As round 1.
 
Rep rounds 1-8 eight times, or until hat measures about 10 inches (25.4 cm) from CO edge. Begin decrease rounds.
 
For version without a folded brim, only repeat rounds 1-8 six times.

DECREASE ROUNDS

Decrease round 1: *p3, k7, k2tog; rep 7 times. (77 sts)
 
Decrease round 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10: KKPP
 
Decrease round 3: *p3, k6, k2tog; rep 7 times. (70 sts)
 
Decrease round 5: *p3, k5, k2tog; rep 7 times. (63 sts). Switch to DPNs.
 
Decrease round 7: *p3, k4, k2tog; rep 7 times.  (56 sts)
 
Decrease round 9: *p3, k3, k2tog; rep 7 times. (49 sts)
 
Decrease round 11: *p3, k2, k2tog; rep 7 times. (42 sts)
 
Decrease round 12: *p3, k1, k2tog; rep 7 times. (35 sts)
 
Decrease round 13: *p3, k2tog; rep 7 times. (28 sts)
 
Decrease round 14: *p2, k2tog; rep 7 times (21 sts)
 
Decrease round 15: *p1, k2tog; rep 7 times (14 sts)
 
Decrease round 16: *k2tog around (7 sts)

FINISHING

Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Attach PomPom to top of hat. Weave in ends. Block.

Abbreviations

k
knit
p
purl
CO
cast on
st(s)
stitch(es)
kfb
knit into the front and back loop of stitch, slip off needle. 1 st increased.
c6b
slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back of work. K next 3 sts, then k3 from cable needle.
c6f
slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work. K next 3 sts, then k3 from cable needle.
k2tog
knit next 2 sts together
KKPP
k the k sts and p the p sts
rep
repeat(s)

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