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Batcombe Hat

Jen Arnall-Culliford Designs
Simply Knitting 88, January 2012
Knitting
November 2011
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in cable pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
354 yards (324 m)
One size only 58cm (23in) circumference
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This simple cabled hat is knitted in a long rectangle, and then seamed at both sides. It’s a great beginner cable pattern, as there’s no shaping to worry about.

Size
To fit head circumference 50-55cm (19.5-21.5in)

Also required
Cable needle
Card for winding pompons

There are just two cables to master, and the pdf pattern includes a link to a good cable tutorial if you’ve not tried cables before. There’s also a link to a pompom tutorial, on the off-chance that you’ve forgotten how to make them the old-fashioned way. You could of course equally use a spangly new pompom maker.

I’ve done both a chart and written pattern for the cable, so both sides of that debate are fully catered for. It’s not a complex cable, but I really liked the effect on the finished fabric.